FDN 2400, Critical Perspectives on Learning and Teaching

A. The Educational Process: Theory and History
  Class Meeting Dates
Class Topics, Assigned Readings, and Related Links
    Key questions: Why do we have public schools? Where does curriculum come from? What is the difference between the hidden and the overt curriculum?
Jan 17

Inquiry Project Assignment

The Inquiry Project Assignment: Click here.

Inquiry Project Rubric: Click here.

We will discuss this project in class over the course of the next several weeks. Please keep the following in mind as your work on the inquiry:

Your goal is to make this inquiry an integrated part of your generativity, dispositions, reflection and agency at this point in your life - and at this point in Critical Perspectives on Teaching and Learning.

Jan 19
John Taylor Gatto, “Bitter Lessons: What’s Wrong with American Teachers,” PDF
Jan 24
Negative and positive freedom. (The "lecture PDF" file is large, so will take a while to load.) (lecture PDF);
    Journal prompt assigned. See all instructions in the ASULearn News Forum
Jan 26
Report to class for instructions and attendance
    Teaching Justice, Teaching Love. (Rotunda, RCOE)
    Extra credit opportunity. The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour. 7PM, The Schaefer Center at ASU. Free. "The Curve is a seamless mix of stand-up comedy, video and audio clips, personal stories and solo theatrical performance." Click here for more info
Jan 31
Bloom's Taxonomy
    Journals will be collected
Feb 2
Video: The Milgram Experiment.
    Plato, “The Allegory of the Cave,” Click here.
Feb 7
Herbert M. Kliebard, “Three Currents of American Curriculum Thought.” PDF
    In class reading and discussion
Feb 9
Curriculum theory, con't.
    Philosophies of education and learning theories: Click here.
B. Education, Social Class, and Equality
    Key questions: How does social class impact educational outcomes? Can negative impacts be avoided? How?
Feb 14
Video: People Like Us: Social Class in America. Part I to be shown in class
    Satire from Comedy Central about Wake County Schools and the issue of social class.
    An update from 2015, courtesy of The News and Observer. Click here.
Feb 16
Video: People Like Us: Social Class in America, con't.
Feb 21
Dorothy Allison, A Question of Class.” People Like Us, cont.
Feb 23
People Like Us, cont.
Feb 28
School funding
March 2
IQ, Special Ed
March 7
Dialect, cultural capital
March 9
Lehmann, Behind the SAT. See ASULearn for the article.
D. Education, Race, and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
    Key questions: How does race impact educational outcomes? Can negative impacts be avoided? What connections are there between race and social class?
March 14
ASU Spring Break
March 16
ASU Spring Break
March 20
Mid-term Assigned Monday, March 20. See essay assignment in ASULearn
March 21
Video: Urban Debate League
    Video: Eyes on the Prize.
March 21

Extra Credit Opportunity. "Sti-u! Activism and the Contemporary Cherokee Woman."

Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Time: 3:00 pm Location: PSU Solarium

Named in honor of Selu, the Cherokee corn-mother, First Woman and goddess of the corn, the lecture honors the matrilineal culture of the Cherokee by highlighting the remarkable contributions of contemporary Cherokee women leaders. This year honors Ms. Mary Crowe, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee and a tireless advocate for the Cherokee people and the environment.

Ms. Crowe is the Southeast Regional representative of the Indigenous Environmental Network who has coordinated numerous environmental conferences and action camps in the southeast. She is a veteran in the long struggle for American Indian civil and human rights.

More information.

March 23

Peggy McIntosh, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,”click here.

    Video: Eyes on the Prize, concluded.
    Video. Race: The Power of An Illusion.
March 28

Ta Nehisi Coates, The Case for Reparations. Click here. (You must bring a copy of the article to class for use in class discussion.)

Direct link to the article at the Atlantic Monthly website. Click here.


Ta Nehisi Coates, The Case for Reparations, group presentations and discussion.

Discussion of the Inquiry Project.

    Video: Precious Knowledge
March 30
April 4
April 6
April 11

E. Education and Gendered Identity

    Key questions: What is "gender identity"? What is "sexual orientation"? How does schooling affect identity in general, and gender identity in particular? Can one's sexual orientation affect school performance? Why and how?
  April 13

Student Panel. Discussion of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender issues. Arrive at class with at least one question you would like to discuss with the panel.

(Arrive in class prepared with a question for the panel.)

  April 18 State Holiday: Easter. No class
  April 20  
  April 25  
  April 27  
  May 2  
    New report on unconscious teacher gender bias when grading work in math and science. I will play this in class. To listen again: NPR September 1, 2015.
    Video. Bully: It's Time to Take a Stand.
E. The Educational Process: Theory and History, Revisited
  May 4 No Class. Reading Day.

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