Culture and Identity
Culture shapes how we make meaning of ourselves and the world around us. This class explores how our identity is impacted by the interplay of our ethnic, class, religion, gender and educational backgrounds. We will explore how we participate in the production of culture through our interactions with others and participation in multiple communities. Special emphasis will be given to understanding how the process of education shapes the larger culture and our own identities.
Education and Democracy
This course explore the design, implementation and evaluation of education policty as a primary means for engaging more active, inclusive and effective approaches to social inquiry and civic participation. Understanding how democracy shapes current educational policy in public, charter and private school setting will be explored. Students work to design innovative, principled, educationally sound and politically feasible responses to significant civic concerns.
Action research is a component of reflective practice and professional learning that is grounded in an ethical commitment to improving one’s own teaching. Action research will be introduced as a natural component of a teacher’s professional development and reflective practice. Students will design and conduct action research projects to better understand and improve teacher behaviors, learning outcomes, school improvement, curriculum, professional practice and the democratic principles of education
Introduction to Academic Inquiry
Students will be introduced to inquired based learning skills that will provide the foundation to their years of study at Endicott College. Students will learn the process of investigating an issue by reflecting upon, forming, and defending a position. Course Theme: Intrinsic Motivation in a Montessori Classroom: The Teacher as Learner, what inspires Montessori students and teachers to create a community of learning.
Child and Adolescent Psychology
The course provides a basis for understanding behavioral and psychological development of the child from conception through adolescence. There is also an examination of theory and research pertaining to personality and social and cognitive development.
Introduction to Education
This course is designed to introduce students to the education profession. It will focus on teachers, students, schools, curriculum, pedagogy, and the past, present and future of education. Students will gain knowledge of current educational issues as they relate to the history, philosophy, financing and governance of schools and school systems.