Fall 2015

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
EDST 130-01 History of American Education
Instructor: Sarah Bair
Course Description:
An examination of the evolution in the purposes, structures, and methodologies of formal and informal education in the United States from the colonial period to the present with particular attention to how marginalized groups have been educated. The course situates educational history within the broader context of social, political, and economic developments in the U.S. and considers ways in which education has been used to meet societal goals.This course fulfills the Social Sciences (Division II) distribution requirement and U.S. Diversity graduation requirement.
1030:MWF   BOSLER 314
EDST 140-01 Educational Psychology
Instructor: Elizabeth Lewis
Course Description:
An examination of physical, cognitive, and psychological developmental theories and research as well as theories of learning. The course includes theoretical perspectives on: age-stage characteristics, exceptionality, achievement versus aptitude, as well as how developmental, sociocultural, and motivational factors influence student learning in classroom contexts.This course fulfills the Social Sciences (Division II) distribution requirement.
1130:MWF   BOSLER 314
EDST 250-01 Curriculum Theory
Instructor: Pamela Nesselrodt
Course Description:
An examination of how the curriculum of educational institutions is shaped as well as how curriculum serves as a shaping force for educational institutions. This includes an examination of various conceptions of curriculum and of knowledge as well as curriculum ideologies and structures. Finally, the course examines how diverse student populations may experience the curriculum.Prerequisites: 120 or 130, and 140. This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement.
1330:TR   SCLGAX 3
EDST 391-01 Education and the American Civil Rights Movement
Instructor: Sarah Bair
Course Description:
Part of the Race and Education Mosaic, but open to all students.This course examines education as a focal point of the American Civil Rights Movement and explores the wide-ranging implications of the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education. The course begins with a brief analysis of the segregated public school system that existed in the first half of the twentieth century, a system sanctioned by the separate but equal doctrine upheld in Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), and considers the factors that led to the Courts eventual reversal. Drawing from legal documents, memoirs, case studies, documentary films, and coverage in the popular press, we will examine desegregation from multiple perspectives including those of black teachers, principals, students, parents, Civil Rights activists, political figures, and organizations such as the NAACP and the White Citizens Council. In addition to exploring the implications of desegregation for individual students such as the Little Rock Nine, we will consider issues of busing, school closings, teacher transfers, and white flight. Finally, we will consider the extent to which the goals of school integration and equity have been achieved in American society today.
1230:MWF   BOSLER 314