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
Tracking and ability grouping. Behind the SAT, reading TBA
D. Education and Race
    Key questions: How does race impact educational outcomes? Can negative impacts be avoided? What connections are there between race and social class?
Video: Eyes on the Prize.

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.

March 14
ASU Spring Break
March 16
ASU Spring Break

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?

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.)

    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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