EDUF Educational Foundations

EDUF   7090   Selected Topics in Educational Foundations

1-3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Readings and research under the direction of a member of the educational research faculty whose interests coincide with those of the student.

EDUF   7130   Learning Theories and Applications

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the principles and theories of learning that serve as the basis for educational models and practices. Special emphasis is given to recent empirical findings and to practical applications and theory to educational settings.

Cross Listing(s): FRLT   7130.

EDUF   7131   Assessment and Management of Elementary Learners

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Assessment and Management emphasizes research-based strategies for assessing student growth and promoting positive classroom environments to enhance student performance. The purpose of this class is to review the major principles of classroom assessment and classroom management, and to teach students to apply these principles in culturally and developmentally appropriate ways. The course provides instruction in identification and development of different forms of classroom assessment, development of learning targets with attention to curriculum alignment within school contexts, and promoting student engagement through the development of positive classroom environments to encourage student growth. The course provides teachers with ways to identify, design, analyze, and use results from student assessments to diagnose problems, improve teaching, and to enhance student learning in culturally responsive ways, as well as means to promote student engagement with a focus on treating students with dignity and respect and the effective use of prevention strategies. Helping future teachers come to understand how to maintain a successful classroom and create accurate assessments is central to their success in education.

EDUF   7132   Critical Approaches to Early Childhood Development and Learning

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Critical Approaches to Early Childhood Development and Learning examines classic and contemporary approaches to early childhood development and learning and their application in the learning environment. The purpose of this class is to examine the major principles associated with these theories and to teach students to apply these principles in culturally and developmentally appropriate ways. Students will begin the planning process as they research and report on the context for learning and learner characteristics and plan for learning experiences that address these characteristics. A field component will accompany this course.

EDUF   7140   Learning, Cognition, and Curriculum

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This three-hour course examines principles and theories of human cognitive processes on education and determines how this knowledge can be best applied to the development of skills for instruction and assessment of students. Individuals will explore political, social, economic, and cultural contexts of monitoring and evaluating the implementation of a standards-based curriculum and develop an understanding of transformative curriculum leadership that empowers teachers and helps them to accomplish emancipatory teaching and learning.

EDUF   7230   Understanding Diverse Students through Case Study

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course utilizes case study approach to enhance educator’s understandings of the assets and needs of the culturally and linguistically diverse students with whom they work. A series of lessons will be developed and implemented to connect findings from the case study to current research.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to College of Education Graduate Program.

EDUF   7233   School and Society

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the contributions of the social sciences to debates about the interrelated nature of school and society. Focuses particularly on a theoretical examination of the purposes of education and schooling in a democratic society.

EDUF   7235   Multicultural Education

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Using an interdisciplinary approach, this seminar investigates underlying theoretical concepts and social assumptions that both inform and impede efforts in multicultural education.

EDUF   8131   Theories of Adolescence

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The rapidly changing world of today's adolescents and the ever-changing nature of the field of adolescence will be examined from three perspectives: theory, research and contemporary social forces. This course will be eclectic in its orientation. Rather than adopting one theoretical position, various views will be discussed. Similarities and differences among theories will be examined, in addition to an analysis of strengths, weaknesses, and contributions of each, as well as the implications for educating, guiding and working with adolescents.

EDUF   8133   Interaction and Learning

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examine views of learning which emphasize the importance of interaction, authenticity and the social construction of knowledge. Students will also explore instructional practices and assessment issues consistent with these perspectives. Relevant theories, research, and practical implications will be examined for each perspective addressed. Perspectives and practices which will be explored may include, but are not limited to, constructivism, situated cognition, the social formation of mind, cooperative learning, and authentic assessment.

EDUF   8134   Models of Motivation

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Critically examines how contemporary models of motivation are utilized to improve the delivery of instruction. Special emphasis is placed on the theoretical principles, empirical research and educational strategies involved in the design and implementation of motivational models.

EDUF   8135   Thinking and Problem Solving

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines current conceptions and models of critical thinking and creative problem solving as they relate to learning and instruction. Emphasis will be given to how instructional practices can positively affect students' thinking skills and dispositions for learning and to methods designed to increase students' awareness and control of their thinking processes. In addition, the course will evaluate the effectiveness of current programs designed to teach critical thinking and problem solving strategies across the curriculum and within specific content areas.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in EDUF   7235.

EDUF   8136   Theories of Human Development

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines theories of human development, with a focus on infancy to adolescence. Major theoretical perspectives pertaining to several aspects of development, such as cognitive, social, moral, emotional and personality development, will be considered. In addition, students will gain an understanding of the value of theories in general, as well as the particular characteristics of a good theory, in order to critically evaluate these theories in light of empirical research evidence.

EDUF   8231   Global Education

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course focuses on the analysis of theories and practices of transformative educational reforms and changes in various countries in the era of globalization, cultural interrelatedness, and interdependence of the world.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in EDUF   7235.

EDUF   8233   Regional Issues In Multicultural Education

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This field based course will involve students in researching the local multicultural educational needs, issues, and problems and developing strategies for constructing a pluralistic and culture-tolerant environment in the schools and/or communities of the region.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in EDUF   7235.

EDUF   8236   International Study of Educational Practices

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course offers students the opportunity to examine educational practices of another country through travel abroad, involvement in international initiatives, and/or use of technology. Students will be asked to reflect on the American educational system -- theoretical perspectives, curriculum, instructional methodologies, and comparative issues and trends -- to compare and contrast it with another country's educational system. Topics will be investigated through selected readings, observations, participation, and discussions.

Cross Listing(s): EDUF   8236S.

EDUF   8236S   International Study of Educational Practices

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course offers students the opportunity to examine educational practices of another country through travel abroad, involvement in international initiatives, and/or use of technology. Students will be asked to reflect on the American educational system -- theoretical perspectives, curriculum, instructional methodologies, and comparative issues and trends -- to compare and contrast it with another country's educational system. Topics will be investigated through selected readings, observations, participation, and discussions.

Cross Listing(s): EDUF   8236.

EDUF   8831   Philosophies of Education

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

In this course, students study the major philosophical schools of thought which inform all educational activities. Particular attention is given both to current and historical writings, and the relationship of philosophical assumptions to current practices in the process of schooling.

EDUF   8890   Directed Individual Study in Educational Foundations

1-3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Readings and research under the direction of a member of the educational research faculty whose interests coincide with those of the student.

Prerequisite(s): EDUF   8831 or permission of instructor.

EDUF   9131   Ethical Dimensions of Education

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Develops an understanding of ethical obligations and considerations within the field of education through case studies immediately applicable to their professional lives. Students will explore traditional ethical systems, such as Consequentialism and Situationalism, as well as more contemporary perspectives including those of equity and technology.

Prerequisite(s): EDUF   8831.

EDUF   9132   History of American Curriculum

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An advanced course in curriculum studies designed to provide an in-depth analysis of the major historical curriculum documents, trends and reform movements that have given form and shape to the American public school curriculum. Special emphasis will be given to the interpretation and critique of the competing curriculum discourses, especially as they appear in primary source historical curriculum documents, state/local curriculum guidelines and textbooks.

EDUF   9133   Theories of Educational Inquiry

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An advanced seminar in the field of curriculum investigating the major paradigms within which the competing methodologies of empirical educational inquiry are grounded and the epistemological and ethical issues involved in conducting research within each paradigm.

Prerequisite(s): EDD admission.

EDUF   9234   History of American Education

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Focuses on the social, political, economic and ideological forces that have shaped the growth and development of the American public school system from colonial times to the present. A special emphasis will be an analysis and critique of the purpose, structure, function and results of the various school reform movements in American history.

EDUF   9631   Seminar in Cultural Studies

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This advanced seminar investigates contemporary questions and movements in the field of cultural studies.

Prerequisite(s): EDUF   7235.