Updated April 2, 2014
Fall 2014 Course Descriptions
Education is a powerful force that spurs national growth and development. This course attempts to develop and encourage an understanding of the drivers, challenges and outcomes (benefits and liabilities) of education. We will examine issues related to the interconnectedness and continuously globalizing “developed” and “developing” countries.
In the first part of the course, we will discuss a variety of grand social narratives about education and its impact on development, including beliefs about the outcomes of education. We will then examine topics that shape or drive education; for example, cultural values, history, politics, globalization and the legacy of colonization. We will turn to a discussion of the challenges to education, including how education is influenced by war, limited resources, gender and cultural issues, and child labor.
The three main questions we will be discussing in this course include:
Educ 691C Adult Learning Theory & Practice
691PD Teacher Professional Development
This course covers the research, theories and professional wisdom about the barriers to and strategies for supporting teachers’ professional growth in under-resourced educational systems in developing countries. This course focuses on individual teachers and how to continually improve their knowledge and skills through in-service training, professional development, and professional learning throughout their professional careers as teachers in developing countries. As such, it makes use of existing research on how teachers develop over time and with experience, how effective professional development and learning opportunities can be delivered in under-resourced and fragile situations, and how to help teachers become learners of their own craft, through reflective practice, communities of practice, and support for their development as professionals in situations where conditions for teaching are far from optimal.
Educ 733 Foundations of International Education (First Year Seminar)
This is a required introductory seminar for all new masters and doctoral degree candidates in the Center for International Education . The course has two goals. First, it will provide an introduction to CIE. The seminar also will review the structure and procedures for degree programs, resources available for graduate study in the five-college area, planning for personal and professional growth during the degree process, and the various career options available.
Second, it will present a general overview of the highly diversified field of "International Development Education" - what it is, the evolving relationships between theory and practice, the central issues that it confronts, and its importance to International Development. The course will introduce basic readings in the history, theory, and practice of international development education, and will examine selected applied problems. Faculty members in CIE and associated faculty will make presentations on their topics of expertise. All incoming International Education Masters and Doctoral students are are required to take this course.
You will be automatically enrolled - you cannot enroll online.
This course is intended to provide a forum to engage in sustained discussion about and reflection on the assumptions, theories, and practice of inquiry relevant for policy and leadership studies. The course will be structured as a seminar in which we explore the assumptions that shape inquiry, discuss the major research genres/theories, and examine examples of practice. We will read and critically examine relevant readings, seeking to uncover how often-tacit notions shape approaches to inquiry. We will also look at various genres of research through readings and presentations, critically analyzing the assumptions embedded in them and examining what they obscure and what they reveal about a topic. Finally, close scrutiny of examples of practice within the three concentrations – Educational Administration, Higher Education, and International Education – will provide a grounding in the real world of research.. Course open ONLY to incoming EPRA Doctoral candidates who must take the course.
You will be automatically enrolled - cannot be done online.
Educ 794J - Education in Post-Conflict Settings
(Jacqi Mosselson) -- Thursday 4-7pm 275 Hills South
The course objective is to examine opportunities for establishing learning environments that prevent and ameliorate social conflict leading to violence. We posit the following questions: ‘How does schooling fit within larger efforts to regenerate social support networks and community well-being? What do communities learn from conflict? What broad approaches to learning and community development might better facilitate healing, resilience, and the rebuilding of trust?' Further, how can community interventions and policy initiatives account for the gendered impacts of conflict? The course has three broad themes: the nature, mapping and roots of social conflict; opportunities and experience of providing education in social emergencies; and peace building through learning experiences.
819 Alternative Research Methods in International Education
(Nordtveit) – Wednesday 9-12noon - 275 Hills So
Educ 881 Comparative Education
(Mosselson) -- Tuesday 1-4:00 pm 275 Hills South
This course will examine methods, major concepts and current trends in comparative education and explore various facets of societies that impact the educational system, including, but not limited to, historical, economic, social, political, ethnic and religious forces as they relate to education. Starting with an overview of cultural and social theories of the purposes, structure and outcomes of education, we will develop our analytical skills in examining our assumptions surrounding schooling and international education. We will then start applying these theories, exploring practical applications and expressions of contemporary problems in international education, examining the remarkable diversity within contemporary educational systems that are subject to global political and economic forces. As a class, we will discuss an overview of the history and methods of the field of comparative education, compare the theoretical perspectives which shape the field, compare the approaches that different disciplines and theoretical orientations take to similar topics. We will also discuss contemporary issues in educational systems across the globe and examine, in this context, prevailing common-sense notions of education and development.