Ilana Seidel Horn
Seminar on advanced topics in curriculum and instruction. Critical examination of current research and practice. Content varies. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
When people envision teachers' work, they often imagine an individual teacher working with a group of students in a classroom. This individualistic view of teaching can be found widely in popular culture representations, as well in sociological and historical analyses of teachers' work. At the same time, research on teachers' professional community suggests that interactions and relationships among teachers play an important role in shaping curriculum and instruction. In this seminar, we examine these differing perspectives of teachers' work to better understand the respective roles of teachers' individual agency and their professional contexts in shaping the work of teaching. You will be required to use our readings and discussions to develop an analytic framework to examine an issue of curriculum, policy, or practice as a way of illuminating the various tensions between teachers-as-individual-agents and teachers-as-members-of-communities-of-practice.
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Reading, discussion, writing exercises. Culminating assignment is an analytic framework designed to examine a problem of teaching and integrate course readings.