Enrique C. Bonus
Focuses on critical social and political dimensions of race and ethnicity as they relate to issues and practices of pedagogy and power in American education. Considers schooling as sites at which contemporary politics of diversity play out amidst increasingly diverse demographics of students, teachers, and parents.
The course will cover materials and activities that will enable students to comprehend the connections between racial/ethnic inequalities and learning/teaching in the American public school system by examining the following items: the historical contexts within which schools are organized, the changing roles of education and effects of schooling in society, philosophies of learning and the social construction of curricula, the schooling experiences of minority students, and the ongoing debates about effective pedagogy, affirmative action, bilingual education, and cultural competence.
Student learning goals
Students will be able to understand the theoretical and practical connections across race, ethnicity, and education. They will be able to consider these connections within the contexts of schooling and relationships of power in American society.
Students will learn how to develop critical skills in analyzing major issues and debates in education and society in general.
Students will learn and critique different ways of teaching.
General method of instruction
Lectures, group activities, student presentations.
Class assignments and grading
Students are expected to read substantially in this class -- both assigned readings and those that students will research on. They are expected to contribute to discussions in class and in the message board. They will also be encouraged to write in a scholarly way, to be creative and collaborative in undertaking a group project, and to participate in the overall enrichment of the class.
Students' final grades will be based on the following: a midterm exam (25%), a final exam (20%), a group project (15%), go-posts (20%), and participation and quizzes (20%).