B EDUC 491
This course is designed to provide you with a place to examine history, theory, values, and assumptions about disability in the contexts of schools and society. This course will explore how disability is defined within our educational system and in society at large. We will focus our learning in the following areas of inquiry, a) historical and theoretical foundations for defining disability, b) disability in the context of public schooling, c) the relationship between disability, social change, and equitable access to opportunity.
Student learning goals
Identify the historical, cultural, and theoretical frameworks that influence the discourse surrounding the concept of disability in schools and society.
Critically examine normative assumptions about physical, intellectual, and social ability in educational and social contexts.
Critically reflect on your own values and assumptions regarding physical, intellectual and social ability.
Link conceptualizations of disability in schools and society to issues related to social change and equitable access to opportunity.
General method of instruction
Lecture with Q & A; large group discussion; small group discussion and problem solving; cooperative learning; personal reflection; student led presentations; Peer review.
Class assignments and grading
Course participants will create written products of varying lengths that are aligned with the learning goals for the course.