Pat Russo Spring 2010 Curriculum & Instruction Dept. Office: 252c wilber Hall

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Pat Russo Spring 2010

Curriculum & Instruction Dept. Office: 252C Wilber Hall

SUNY Oswego Phone: 312‑2632

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Office Hours: Mon, Tues, & Wed 10:00-12:00, and by appointment

EDU 301 – Schooling, Pedagogy, and Social Justice -- SYLLABUS

OVERVIEW: What does it mean to be a teacher? Many of the education courses you take will help you learn how to teach. This course is designed to help you think about being a teacher. What does it mean to say, “I am a teacher?” What kinds of things do I value and what does this mean for my teaching, today’s schools, and the learning of my students? What is the purpose of schooling? Where do I fit into society’s expectations for teachers, students, and schools? What role can I play in determining the place of teachers and schools in our society? The answers we find to these questions will determine what we teach, how we teach, and how we explain our decisions.
To answer the question, “What does it mean to be a teacher?” we must examine the relationship between schools and the society in which they exist. In this course, we will consider the meanings made of schooling and teaching in the United States in light of three perspectives: 1) a historical perspective spanning 250 years of schooling; 2) a sociological perspective that focuses on social structures, current social issues, and social justice; and 3) an authentic, or real-world perspective that we get from the views of current educators. You will add to this a fourth view, your own perspective of having actively participated as a student of a school system (and in some cases, as an employee of a school system or as a parent of a student). A key goal of the course is to challenge and enhance how you think about many social structures, school structures, and underlying assumptions that shape teaching and schooling. About half of the course will be devoted to thinking about the history of schooling. The other half will focus on contemporary schools and society.

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