Faculty Profile

Sarah Bair

Associate Professor of Education (2004)

Contact Information

bairs@dickinson.edu

57 S College St
717.245.1194

Bio

She is particularly interested in the history of American education and the lives and work of early twentieth century women educators. Her research has also examined how women's history and African American history have been treated in K-12 curriculum. In addition, professor Bair is interested in orphan education programs in Pennsylvania following the Civil War and in the history of the Scotland School for Veterans' Children.

Education

  • B.A., Albright College, 1987
  • M.A., Shippensburg University, 1992
  • Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2001

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

EDST 130 History of American Education
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.

EDST 300 Models of Instruct & Assessmt
An introduction to instructional planning and assessment with a particular emphasis on meeting the needs of diverse learners. Primary activities of the course include designing and implementing lesson plans, designing assessment instruments, and designing an integrated unit of instruction. Students will learn to effectively use presentation technologies as well as instructional software and new media to enhance their instruction. Prerequisites: 140, and 260 or Social Science Research Methods (AFST 200, AMST 202, ANTH 240, ANTH 241, EASN 310, ECON 228, LAWP 228, PMGT 228, POSC 239, PSYC 201, SOCI 240, SOCI 244, or WGSS 200), or permission of instructor.

EDST 310 Policies Shaping American Educ
An examination of the policies that have shaped and continue to shape American Education within the broader context of American educational reform movements. Particular policy(ies) of focus each semester will be selected by the instructor. The course might include an in-depth examination of a particular policy such as school funding. Or, it might examine several policies around a broader concept such as inclusion which could include desegregation, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Title IX, and policies related to English Language Learners. Prerequisites: 120 or 130, and 260 or Social Science Research Methods (AFST 200, AMST 202, ANTH 240, ANTH 241, EASN 310, ECON 228, LAWP 228, PMGT 228, POSC 239, PSYC 201, SOCI 240, SOCI 244, or WGSS 200), or permission of instructor.

Spring 2018

EDST 140 Educational Psychology
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.

EDST 330 Gender and Education
An examination of the historical, sociological, political, and legal issues related to gender and education in the United States. Particular issues of focus each semester will be selected by the instructor and might include theoretical perspectives on gender in education, single-sex vs. coeducational schooling, representation of gender in curriculum, the feminization of the teaching profession, gender equity and policy initiatives such as Title IX, and student achievement and college access. Prerequisite: 260 or Social Science Research Methods (AFST 200, AMST 202, ANTH 240, ANTH 241, EASN 310, ECON 228, LAWP 228, PMGT 228, POSC 239, PSYC 201, SOCI 240, SOCI 244, or WGSS 200), or permission of instructor.