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Kirk is broadly interested in how racial and economic inequities shape educational institutions. His research utilizes ethnography to explore the daily realities of diversity policy and practice in higher education, examining diversity as something institutions do rather than something people are. He is also interested in how practices ranging from student activism to mindfulness can help educational institutions recognize and challenge systemic and institutional inequities.
EDST 250 Curriculum Theory
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.
EDST 260 Intro to Educational Rsrch
An introduction to the purposes and methodologies of research in education including how various stakeholders in the educational community use and access research findings as well as how studies in education are designed, implemented, and disseminated. Quantitative, qualitative, and historical methodologies are addressed. Research processes are introduced around the topic of literacy. Students will develop a review of the research literature on a topic related to literacy using online catalogs, databases, and other open access resources to find and gather sources and digital publications formats to disseminate their reviews. Prerequisite: 140.
EDST 350 Urban Education
An examination of critical issues in educating students in an urban setting. Particular issues of focus each semester will be selected by the instructor and might include race, poverty, student motivation and teacher practice, the community as a source of curriculum, school-to-work programs, educating language minority students, restructuring large urban schools, educational funding and educational policy.Prerequisite: EDUC 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 211, SOCI 240, SOCI 244, or WGSS 200), or permission of instructor.