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Social, Political, And Cultural Contexts Of Schools

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This course explores historical, political, social, and cultural constructs of contemporary education and investigates how these contexts influence national, state, and local educational settings. Additionally, the course examines how policies influence school decision making and the practice of teaching. Candidates apply an inquiry-based process to identify individual, social, and cultural contexts in education. They analyze contemporary trends and issues, and develop an understanding of education in a global community in order to evaluate and determine their individual role in taking action in their local setting.

This graduate-level course is 6 This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6

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    Social Contexts in Education

    • Indentify characteristics of a positive social climate in a school.
    • Examine contributing factors to the social climate of a school.
    • Examine the roles of school stakeholders in creating and sustaining a positive school climate.
    • Develop a plan to engage school stakeholders in creating a positive social environment in schools.

    Diversity and Equity

    • Identify types of diversity in schools.
    • Analyze issues related to assessing learning and social behavior in a diverse environment.
    • Examine how perceived student deficits can be assets.
    • Differentiate equality and equity.
    • Examine issues of equity and equality in the context of diverse school populations.
    • Discuss the impact of diversity in schools.

    Taking Local Action in Addressing Mandates

    • Interpret local and national mandates.
    • Examine teacher autonomy versus text based curriculum.
    • Discuss individual roles of educators in taking action in local settings.

    Schooling a Global Community

    • Describe how the global community has historically evolved.
    • Compare and contrast positive and negative effects of educational globalization.
    • Examine how access to the global educational community can enhance instruction for diverse learners.
    • Create a plan for involving learners in the global educational community.

    Cultural Contexts in Education

    • Identify cultural constructs in school.
    • Describe how cultural diversity has evolved historically in schools.
    • Analyze cultural norms and biases perpetuated in school, state, and national educational policies and practices.
    • Examine how decision-making and school climate may be influenced by the cultural norms and biases of school leaders.

    Historical and Political Influences in Contemporary Education

    • Examine historical influences on educational policy.
    • Differentiate between historical and contemporary reform movements.
    • Compare and contrast current national and local influences on contemporary education.
    • Determine a personal stance on historical and current political issues influencing contemporary education.
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