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EDUC 200 3 Learning for Social Change

Students in this course will explore various ideas about what it means to learn and how those ideas have impacted educational practice. They will explore relationships among learning, education, and power, in addition to investigating the design of learning environments that promote empowerment and/or social change.

EDUC 210 3 Mathematics and Social Justice

Introduces students to current issues in educational practice, policy, and theory. Provides opportunities to investigate issues of teaching and learning to broader social/cultural trends. Topics vary with each offering. No prerequisites.

EDUC 211 3 Introduction to Educational Policy, Inquiry and Advocacy

This course aims to support students in becoming critical consumers of educational policy issues in both media and educational research. We examine ideologies and levers used in past and current educational reform efforts that reflect multiple views on the purpose of schools, the role of educators, and the functions of policies and policy makers.

EDUC 212 3 The History of College Athletics

Why is our nation the only one in the world to take school sports so seriously, and what are the implications of this practice? This course attempts to answer these questions by starting with Thomas Jefferson’s Northwest Ordinance, moving to Britain’s “Oxbridge” model of “sound mind, sound body,” then demonstrating how numerous forces combined these elements into a distinctly American concoction. The story is continued to the present day with a look at the business of school sports and at educational contributions that sports provide to these institutions, including high schools and colleges.

EDUC 218 3 Homelessness in Schools and Society: Engaged Practice in School Serving Organizations

In this course students extend what they have learned about U.S. schools and the institutions that serve public schools through extensive and varied practicums in these organizations and institutions. Students will acquire hands-on experience, in work nested inside an institution that serves and supports children, schools, and their communities.

EDUC 220 3 Coaching for Today's Society

Coaching for Today's Society is a course designed to aid students in reaching people where they currently are. You will not be a successful coach if you do not know and understand your audience. In order to be effective when reaching out to your audience you must be able to paint a picture or create a shared vision that resonates with your audience on all sensory levels. During this course we will identify and discuss the basic tenets associated with our targeted groups from same age/similar thought processes to multi-generational influencers (Boomers). Coaching in the broad sense deals with basic interpersonal skill sets to help you build a solid foundation however understanding how to coach in today's complex society goes beyond the foundation. We will identify and discuss the roles of family/life experiences, cultural nuances and how social norms play in helping or inhibiting us from connecting with people whether at the high school level, college level or in the workforce. At the end of the course you will feel confident working with diverse groups of people in any given setting.

EDUC 240 3 Coaching as Leading and Leading as Coaching

Everyone agrees that our best coaches are some of our best leaders. But why? What do they do differently from leaders in other fields, and why are they so effective? In this course, we will study the best coaches, their philosophies, and why they work so well, through a half-dozen books and a substantial course pack. We will study what theories, policies, and practices are transferrable to the "real world," and which are not. We will explore what works best (and what doesn't), through a few guest lectures, group activities, and two papers.

EDUC 250 3 Growing Up in School – Education and Development from a Global Perspective

This course will compare the development of children in schooling systems cross-culturally, looking at the period from preschool to college entrance selection. By comparing education in diverse societies we will identify both universal features of development and particular ways that different societies promote the development of healthy, competent adults.

EDUC 260 3 Tutoring Literacy and Language in the Elementary Grades

This course will develop literacy tutors’ skills in working with students in the elementary grades. In this course, participants will learn to develop engaging tutoring sessions and to enact a range of instructional routines for working with students in support of their literacy and language development.

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Gina N. Cervetti
EDUC 275 3 Wellness for Learning, Teaching, Coaching and Leadership

This course examines factors that contribute to (or detract from) our ability to reach peak performance in everything we do. Mental, emotional, psychological, and physical wellness are key to performance and productivity. Students will learn practices to promote wellness, in themselves and others, to support learning, teaching, coaching, and leadership.

EDUC 803 3 Structural Equation Model (SEM) (PSYCH 804)

This course is designed to provide students with conceptual understanding of structural equation modeling (SEM) and guided experience running these analyses. The emphasis in this course is more applied than technical. At the end of this course, students will have the conceptual and analytic stills to specify, analyze, and interpret SEMs. A second goal of the course is for students to have sufficient conceptual, technical, and syntactic understanding of SEM to solve the methodological problems that will come up in your future work. 

EDUC 817 1 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Quantitative Social Science Methodology (STATS 817, SOC 810, PSYCH 817)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and graduate-level courses in STAT 500 and STAT 501.
Considers methodological issues that arise in research in the social sciences. Themes for each meeting will arise from on-going research projects at U-M. Visiting researchers will provide a brief account of their aims and data before defining the methodological challenge for which they desire discussion.

EDUC 820 3 Causal Inference in Education Research

This course explores the use of experiments and quasi-experiments in education research. We will examine papers that use advanced research methods such as instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, propensity score matching, natural experiments, differences-in-differences, and randomized trials. Students will produce a substantial, original piece of research. The class is intended for PhD students early in their dissertation phase, as well as for advanced master’s students who plan to work with empirical research in a professional setting.

EDUC 830 3 Historical and Philosophical Roots of Science Education

Examines the ways in which science education has developed over the last century; looks at the history of science education through an extensive review of significant documents; and considers critically the ways in which changing views of the history, philosophy, and sociology of science have affected, and continue to affect, science education practice and research.

EDUC 831 3 Theory and Research on Learning and Instruction in Science

Discusses past and current issues in research on learning and instruction in science. Focuses on philosophical issues and theoretical frameworks used to understand how students learn science. Examines approaches to empirical work investigating students’ learning in classrooms. Students will conduct a small study examining conceptual development that will help them relate the discussions about the applications of research to theory and practice in science education.