This course examines education through historical, philosophical, socio/cultural, and political/economic lenses. We explore the power of education to transform lives, and the ways in which it can work to reproduce social inequality and oppression--within the U.S. and globally. The course introduces students to the core framework of the education studies program that entails an expansive view of education as a social and political process embedded throughout our lived experiences. (Education Studies E-Course Description) Though education as a field of study is much broader than formal schooling, the purpose of this course is to provide a general overview or educational lenses through which one can focus, primarily, on schooling in the U.S. It is foundational in that you will explore and question concepts related to education from four major knowledge bases: historical, philosophical, sociological, and political economy. Often times, these knowledge bases will overlap one another, and intersect with other realms of knowing and understanding of educational spaces, such as that of culture, individual perception, and pedagogy. The topics and questions generated from these knowledge bases will be complex in nature, lending themselves to few “easy answers.” We will investigate, probe, question and reflect upon issues presented in readings, media, field experiences, and class discussions. Furthermore, we will analyze and question in light of our own experiences as well as those of students in a variety of educational settings. Through our sharing of differing viewpoints, readings, observations, and class experiences, we will attempt to better understand the educational process from the viewpoint of the student in all its complexities. “Education is a lifelong process of which schooling is only a small but necessary part.” - Adler, Mortimer J. (1982 ed.) The Paideia Proposal
Stockton, Jaime, "EDUC 170C Foundations of Education Stockton Fall 2023" (2023). Course Syllabi. 42, Scholarly and Creative Work from DePauw University.