EDUC-710 Social Foundations of Education

The historical, philosophical, and sociological foundations that form a basis for the development, organization, and role of US public education and other social institutions will be examined. Students will analyze the preparation of teachers, the cultural environments within which teachers are trained, and how social, cultural, political, and economic forces shape schools. A critique of the literature will include cultural identity formation and construction, teaching philosophies, and schools as political and bureaucratic structures. The goal of the course is to challenge assumptions about how schools are organized and stratified and how both are linked to mobility of and reproduction of the prevailing social order. 4 SH.