School-age children and youth are often understood through the complex lives they lead in schools--academic achievers, behavioral misfits, and rebellious adolescents. Beyond the routine analyses of behavior, test scores and curriculum, what else can the lives of youth tell us about educational change? This course seeks to explore education by looking outside of schools: What are the experiences of students’ families and how does family life shape definitions of success? How do relationships with peers influence motivation in school? How do historical, political, social and cultural contexts shape interactions with formal schooling? Through an exploration of research, memoir, children’s literature and film, this course seeks to understand children and youth through their complex relationships and encounters within families, peer groups and community institutions, all the while interrogating the ways schools can integrate the holistic lived experiences of children and youth into theories of educational change.
Max Enrollment: 20
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.
Distribution Requirements: SBA - Social and Behavioral Analysis
Typical Periods Offered: Fall
Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall