Foundations of Education: An Introduction to Major Themes, Controversies, and Theories in the Field

This course introduces students to the central themes and big questions in education. What is the purpose of education? For whom are schools and teaching methods imagined? What is the role of family and communities in the experience and process of teaching and learning? How should we structure schools and classrooms? What are the political controversies, challenges, and issues of power facing young people and schools? A case study format that focuses on past and current events will allow students to tackle these complex questions in a transdisciplinary way with concrete examples that aid in the development of critical inquiry skills. Together, students will develop informed opinions, make sense of their own educational journeys, and learn the reflexivity necessary to enter the field of education.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 24

Prerequisites: None.

Instructor: D'Andrea Martínez

Distribution Requirements: SBA - Social and Behavioral Analysis

Typical Periods Offered: Spring

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring