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EDUC 118 3 Introduction to Education: Schooling and Multicultural Society

Education affects the lives of everyone in this country. As future professionals, voters, teachers, parents, and leaders, students at the University of Michigan will help shape the quality of life in the United States, and education will matter – a lot. This course will introduce students to the role of education in today’s world. Topics will include the implications for schooling our increasingly diverse population; principles of how kids learn; ways schools facilitate student achievement (or not); and the changing nature of literacy in the information age. In addition to readings and discussions, there will be opportunities for hands-on experience and interactions with K-12 students in schools. Education affects the lives of everyone in this country. As future professionals, voters, teachers, parents, and leaders, students at the University of Michigan will help shape the quality of life in the United States, and education will matter – a lot. This course will introduce students to the role of education in today’s world. Topics will include the implications for schooling our increasingly diverse population; principles of how kids learn; ways schools facilitate student achievement (or not); and the changing nature of literacy in the information age. In addition to readings and discussions, there will be opportunities for hands-on experience and interactions with K-12 students in schools.  Education affects the lives of everyone in this country. As future professionals, voters, teachers, parents, and leaders, students at the University of Michigan will help shape the quality of life in the United States, and education will matter – a lot. This course will introduce students to the role of education in today’s world. Topics will include the implications for schooling our increasingly diverse population; principles of how kids learn; ways schools facilitate student achievement (or not); and the changing nature of literacy in the information age. In addition to readings and discussions, there will be opportunities for hands-on experience and interactions with K-12 students in schools.  

EDUC 118 is an approved course to satisfy the LSA Race and Ethnicity Requirement.

EDUC 119 3 Education Policy in a Multicultural Society

This class meets the Race & Ethnicity requirement.

Education Policy in a Multicultural Society explores policy and school improvement, and focuses in particular on the U.S. public school system, with an emphasis on both equity and access. In this course we begin by asking: what is public education for, and then consider how schools can be improved so that educational outcomes are ambitious and equitable. We build on students' understandings of the practice of teaching, developed in ED118, to investigate the dynamics of education reform.

We closely examine authentic texts – including artifacts from our own experiences in schools, as well as mandates and legislative texts, policies, data on school improvement, and other resources designed for the improvement of schools. We critically examine each of these, looking for assumptions about teaching and learning and their improvement, assessing the key levers for improvement that they provide, and extrapolating implications for the design and valuation of change. In so doing students will develop critical skills of analysis and interpretation that will enable them to (1) better understand and evaluate efforts to improve schooling in the United States, (2) collaborate substantively, (3) and write and speak about educational policy persuasively. Given the courses strong focus on equity and access, issues of inclusion, voice, and rigor will be consistent through-lines.

EDUC 120 3 Children Learning in Mathematics and Beyond (CLiMB)

Service-Learning in Mathematics Tutoring

EDUC 965 1 Dissertation Research Seminar in Higher and Continuing Education

Prerequisites: Graduate standing as advanced doctoral student.
 
Offers guidance and discussion of dissertation research projects.

May be elected more than once.

EDUC 990 1-8 Dissertation, Precandidacy

Prerequisites: Graduate standing as advanced doctoral student.
 
For dissertation work by doctoral students not yet admitted to the status of candidate.

Credit Hours: 1-8, full term; 1-4, half term

EDUC 991 1-3 Prelims Part A

This course is a scholarly paper of sufficient length, depth, and complexity to demonstrate that the student is able to frame a significant and worthwhile problem, select a method or methods of research appropriate to the resolution of the problem, employ this method or these methods properly, and present the entire effort in writing that is both clear and cogent.

May be elected more than once; for Educational Studies doctoral students who began in Summer or Fall of 2008.

EDUC 992 1-3 Prelims Part B

This course is a written examination consisting of a number of questions or assignments designed to assess the breadth and depth of the students understanding of his or her specialty area as well as the place of this specialty field within the larger domain of education. Examples of assignments include an essay review of a book or books, an annotated syllabus for an advanced graduate course, a review of a research proposal, or an analytical review of a body of literature.

May be elected more than once; for Educational Studies doctoral students who began in Summer or Fall of 2008.

EDUC 995 4-8 Dissertation, Candidacy

Prerequisites: doctoral candidate.
 
Election for dissertation work by doctoral students who have been admitted to candidacy status.

Credit Hours: 8, full term; 4, half term