ED50: Issues in K-12 Education
This course is an introduction to the role of K-12 education in U.S. society. History and purposes of K-12 education will be discussed in the context of 4 issues:
- International comparisons of teaching and learning practices
- Standardized testing
- The achievement gap and the equality of learning opportunities
- Bilingual and multicultural education
Students will learn to critically examine these key issues by reading relevant material, watching documentaries, conducting a research project, and writing a report. Students will also learn to present and discuss research findings.
ED225: Learning, Development, and Culture
This course will explore issues of learning and development through a cultural lens. The interplay between “learning and culture” and “development and culture” will be analyzed through the discussion of relevant readings from both psychological and anthropological research traditions.