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Education (Undergrad)

Contemporary School Description

This course examines the conditions and characteristics of contemporary schooling in the U.S. and other countries. Through comparative educational studies and historical, political and economic perspectives, students study the processes by which schools and societies are co-constructive. Of specific interest are how cultural norms and beliefs, social conditions and historical trends affect school climate, curriculum, instructional practices, assessment and inclusion. In particular, using educational tools of inquiry, students learn to systemically analyze a learning environment using frameworks of equity and excellence.