Department of Professional Studies in Education
College of Education and Educational Technology
Educational theories and practices in different nations will be studied. Educational purposes, curriculum, methods, administration, school systems, teacher education, and other educational features in America will be analyzed, evaluated, and compared.
Reviews current research in instructional practices, motivational techniques, and professional issues. May focus on any of these aspects of teaching, learning, or professional practice. May be presented with a kindergarten through grade twelve, elementary, middle school, secondary, or adult orientation. Offered only for continuous professional development and may not be applied toward a graduate degree. Prerequisite: Appropriate teaching certificate or other professional credential or preparation.
A travel-seminar conducted in a foreign country and designed to afford educators and students of education the opportunity to investigate teaching-learning process in cultural settings other than their own. Particular attention to such current educational issues as theories of curriculum development, methodology, teacher education, and changing value systems.
Study of historical development of American education. European influences on philosophies and practices of American schools will serve as a background. Emphasis on development of education in America as influenced by various individuals and schools of thought. Historical trends will be related to current problems and practices in education.
Analysis and evaluation of basic philosophies and their impact upon education. Nature, value, means, and ends of education and some other fundamental phases of schooling will be thoroughly examined. Stress on essentials enhancing an individual working philosophy of education and on basic ideas heightening a sound philosophy for American schools.
Social and cultural forces which influence education. Particular stress on current problems as they relate to entire educational systems and to curricular problems and practices in today’s schools.
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