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Number:ED551
Name:Seminar in American Schools
Description:This class will provide a broad background for thinking about issues of education in historical and philosophical context. As the introductory course in the Thomas College Masters of Education Program, it will help prepare students for subsequent courses in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment of learning. Students will have the opportunity to begin to identify questions about teaching and learning that will help focus their research throughout the remainder of the program.
Credit(s):3
Offered (DAY schedule):
Instructor Permission Required:N
Pre-Requisite(s):

Course Objectives

To develop an awareness of key issues that impact education in the United States.
To be able to analyze the significance of these issues and their impact at the local, state, and national levels.
To develop an understanding of the historical and philosophical background related to public education in the United States.
To be able to access various educational resources and use them to present clear analysis of selected topics.

Books Previously Used in this Course

Term Year Title ISBN Author Edition Publisher
F 2012 Global Achievement Gap 0-465-00230-7 Wagner, Tony 2008 Basic Books, Inc.
F 2012 Shame of the Nation : Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in 1-4000-5244-0 Kozol, Jonathan 2005 Crown Publishers
F 2012 Tinkering Toward Utopia : A Century of Public School Reform 0-674-89283-6 Tyack, David B. 1995 Harvard University Press
F 2011 GLOBAL ACHIEVEMENT GAP 0-465-00230-7 WAGNER BASIC
F 2011 SHAME OF THE NATION 1-4000-5245-9 KOZOL CROWN
F 2011 TINKERING TOWARD UTOPIA 0-674-89283-6 TYACK HARVARD
F 2010 GLOBAL ACHIEVEMENT GAP 0-465-00230-7 WAGNER BASIC
F 2010 SHAME OF THE NATION 1-4000-5245-9 KOZOL CROWN
F 2010 TINKERING TOWARD UTOPIA 0-674-89283-6 TYACK HARVARD
F 2009 IN SCHOOLS WE TRUST 0-8070-3142-9 MEIER BEACON HILL PRESS
F 2009 SHAME OF THE NATION 1-4000-5245-9 KOZOL RANDOM HOUSE, INC.
F 2009 TINKERING TOWARD UTOPIA 0-674-89283-6 TYACK HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
F 2008 IN SCHOOLS WE TRUST 0-8070-3142-9 MEIER BEACON HILL PRESS
F 2008 SHAME OF THE NATION 1-4000-5245-9 KOZOL RANDOM HOUSE, INC.
F 2008 TINKERING TOWARD UTOPIA 0-674-89283-6 TYACK HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
S 2008 IN SCHOOLS WE TRUST MEIER BEACON
S 2008 SHAME OF THE NATION KOZOL CROWN
S 2008 TINKERING TOWARD UTOPIA TYACK HARVARD
F 2007 IN SCHOOLS WE TRUST MEIER BEACON
F 2007 SHAME OF THE NATION KOZOL CROWN
F 2007 TINKERING TOWARD UTOPIA TYACK HARVARD
S 2006 IN SCHOOLS WE TRUST MEIER 2
S 2006 SHAME OF THE NATION KOZOL 5
S 2006 TINKERING TOWARD UTOPIA TYACK 95
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