Courses & Syllabi
EDUC 119. Education Policy in a Multicultural Society
School Improvement in a Multicultural Society explores policy and school improvement, and focuses in particular on the U.S. public school system, with an emphasis on both equity and access. In this course we begin by asking: what is public education for, and then consider how schools can be improved so that educational outcomes are ambitious and equitable. We build on students’ understandings of the practice of teaching, developed in ED118, to investigate the dynamics of education reform.
We closely examine authentic texts – including artifacts from our own experiences in schools, as well as mandates and legislative texts, policies, data on school improvement, and other resources designed for the improvement of schools. We critically examine each of these, looking for assumptions about teaching and learning and their improvement, assessing the key levers for improvement that they provide, and extrapolating implications for the design and valuation of change. In so doing students will develop critical skills of analysis and interpretation that will enable them to (1) better understand and evaluate efforts to improve schooling in the United States, (2) collaborate substantively, (3) and write and speak about educational policy persuasively. Given the course’s strong focus on equity and access, issues of inclusion, voice, and rigor will be consistent through-lines.
|Winter 2018||Chandra L. Alston
Deborah Loewenberg Ball
|EDUC 119. Education Policy in a Multicultural Society