George Thomas Bellamy
B EDUC 569
Teachers work in a complex web of political relationships, contested values, and competing ideas in schools. Exercises help participants understand teachers' (K-12) and policymakers' roles in school politics and develop frameworks from which to base the responsible exercise of autonomy in schools.
BEDUC 569 and BPOLST 586A will be linked in Spring 2008 in order to provide a survey of education policy issues supporting both policy analysts interested in education and educators interested in policy. The essential questions addressed in the course are: who controls teaching and learning in public schools, for what purposes, and through what means? The course will provide a context for the discussion by reviewing elements of policy analysis and the institutional context of educational policies. Specific policy topics will include public education as a means to promote economic development and as an investment in democratic society, with implications for such topics as testing, school choice, professional certification, funding, and other issues identified by students.
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General method of instruction
combination of in-class and On-line discussions
Class assignments and grading