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Cheryl Faye Gordon
B EDUC 391
Bothell Campus

Special Topics in Education

Explores perspectives on educational policy and practice.

Class description

This course is an introduction to the topic of socialization during infancy, childhood, and adolescence. The main focus of the course will be on family, peers, and teachers as the primary socializing forces in the lives of children. We will examine the effects of socialization on the development of gender roles during prime developmental years. We will also explore the ways in which different types of peer relations reflect and contribute to developmental outcomes during childhood and adolescence.

Student learning goals

To gain a basic understanding about the major theories and conceptual models that are prominent in the area of socialization.

To gain a basic understanding about the major theories in child and adolescent development.

Students will learn to develop research-based hypotheses and create projects to explore the concept of socialization.

Students will consider the role of gender and how gender socialization occurs.

Students will begin to discuss how socialization develops in different arenas of children and adolescent lives: home, school, and community.

Students will discuss the role of socialization in the context of bullying.

General method of instruction

This class will consist primarily of group discussions and activities. Mini-lectures will be provided to clarify course content. The course readings are considered the “raw” material through which we will explore the socialization process of children and early adolescents. The purpose of this exploration is to make more visible the relationship between socializing forces and individual development.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Course grades will be based on course participation, developing a research project on socialization, and writing a paper describing the process and results on the research project.

Grades will be assigned on a standard 4.00 scale.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Cheryl Faye Gordon
Date: 07/21/2013