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Schools and Society

Full Name

Marilyn Goldhammer

Course Name

Schools and Society

Course Number

EDU 205

Describe your course. What will the students be studying and learning?

This interactive, discussion-based course addresses the historical, social and political foundations of education as a framework for analyzing current policy and practice within the U.S. K-12 school system. We will examine the variables that impact the nature of the learning environment, student experiences, and the role of teachers and administrators including: race, gender, culture, diversity and opportunity/privilege. You will be encouraged to critique your own opinions about educational policy and practice, grounding them in theory and current research. The Wednesday "lab" will include guest speakers, films and field visits as well as collaborative, experiential exercises.

Why would a first-year student want to take this course? Discuss its uniqueness as part of the University College, your teaching style, and any special opportunities the students may have.

Students who are interested in educational or political policy studies along with those who are considering a teaching career would find this course interesting. Students will hear from guest speakers who help set policy along with those who teach and administer schools. My teaching style is interactive and experiential with a wide variety of reading and creative assignments.

What do you like best about teaching first-year students?

Intellectual curiosity combined with a desire to explore new concepts through multiple perspectives; a desire to challenge their own thinking and beliefs to expand their views.