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The minor in education studies provides students in the college and conservatory with the opportunity to pursue focused inquiry into the philosophical, cultural, and social foundations of education; the historical and present-day relationship between school and society; the part formal education plays in human development; and/or contemporary issues of education policy and practice. The minor will help prepare students for graduate study or work in education-related fields.
Required for the education studies minor
- Three foundational courses:
- EDST 180: Psychology of Learning
- EDST 350: Ethnicity, Cultural Diversity and Education
- EDST 440: Sociology of Education
- One of the following courses:
- EDST 309: Hollywood Goes to High School
- EDST 315: Philosophy of Children
- EDST 345: Distributed Cognition
- EDST 400: The Environment, Community and Education
- EDST 450: Topics in Education Studies (can be repeated as topics vary)
- EDST 545: Gesture Studies
- PSYC 260/265: Developmental Psychology
- PSYC 460: Adolescent Psychology
- Both of the following with approval from an Education Department faculty member:
- One additional course in education studies or in another department as preparation for the academic internship or independent study below
- An academic internship (EDST 395/595) or independent study (EDST 399/599) appropriate to the student’s interest in education studies
Possible settings for internships include but are not limited to: public, private, or charter schools; school district offices; museum or arts organizations; other non-profit or community organizations; social services agencies; governmental bodies; policy or advocacy groups; and other approved sites. Students seeking teacher certification may also complete the Education Studies minor, but student teaching may not be used to fulfill the internship or independent study requirement, nor may the internship substitute for the classroom practicum hours required prior to student teaching.
Courses - Education Studies
EDST 180: Psychology of LearningAn investigation of how people learn. This course examines learning theories (e.g., behavioral, humanistic, cognitive, constructivist) and their implications for the educational process in schools. Other topics include learning and the brain, the nature of expertise, the design of learning environments, and approaches to instruction that promote meaningful learning. Practicum of 20 hours required.
EDST 191: Directed Study in Education StudiesDirected study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
EDST 195: Internship in Education StudiesInternship in a school or district office, museum or arts organization, other non-profit or community organization, social services agency, governmental body, policy or advocacy group, or other education-related setting with prior approval. (Does not count toward teacher certification.) The academic component of the internship includes readings related to the substance of the internship, discussions with the faculty supervisor, and a written report appropriate to the discipline. Course grades are based on this academic work.
EDST 270: Why Read Children's Books?This seminar explores the complex ways children's literature affect readers of all ages. We will immerse ourselves in reading works from Where the Wild Things Are to Charlotte's Web as we examine what it means to be a reader of children's literature by looking at our own and children's responses to the experience and joy of reading. Discussion, reflective writing and collaborative community projects.
EDST 309: Hollywood Goes to High SchoolYear after year, Hollywood turns out movies that are set in schools and present images of teachers and teens. Many of these films address typical coming-of-age issues, societal fear of teen crime and delinquency and, of course, the search for romance. A subset of these films provide powerful and culturally enduring images of teachers and teaching. High school movies also provide insight into the fantasies, anxieties, dreams, and assumptions prevalent in American culture. This course will examine the world and worldview found in Hollywood high school movies and the extent to which the stories they tell make us who we are.
EDST 310: Ethics and EducationWhat is ethics and how does it connect with morals? What do either have to do with the activities of teaching and learning? Students in this class confront such questions by exploring the role of moral decision-making in classroom practices, and by examining how the practice of education promotes certain notions of human flourishing. Particular attention is given to an analysis of the "ethics of teaching." Readings draw from classical and contemporary works associated with the disciplines of philosophy and of education.
EDST 315: Philosophy of ChildrenStudents will consider childhood and children through a philosophical lens. The first half of the course will focus on the philosophy of childhood, the second half will focus on how children philosophize the world. Readings will derive from philosophical texts, fiction and children's literature, and social media. Field experiences will be conducted in elementary classrooms encouraging children's wonder through philosophical discussion.
EDST 345: Distributed Cognition and the Extended MindThe new science of the mind treats cognition as a distributed process involving the brain, body, and world. This seminar explores the role of material settings and tools, bodily engagement, social interaction, and cultural processes in human reasoning, problem solving, and learning. Students will write short papers examining aspects of cognitive activity in real-world settings.
EDST 350: Ethnicity, Cultural Diversity, and EducationA study of the experience of children and adolescents from different ethnic, cultural, and economic groups. Emphasis on understanding the social consequences of these differences and how such differences affect educational achievement and attainment. The sources and educational effects of individual, institutional, and systemic racism, sexism, and other forms of prejudice and discrimination will also be examined. Practicum of 20 hours required.
EDST 380: Engaging in Action ResearchThis course engages students in social science research to collect and use data to solve real problems. Students interested in careers that emphasize working with others (teaching, counseling, nursing, social work) will find this course particularly relevant. Content will explore methods of examining instructional effectiveness. Lab will consist of classroom-based research experiences, data analysis, and collaborative inquiry.
EDST 390: Tutorial in Education StudiesTutorial studies in the fields of educational policy, environmental education, history of education, comparative education and on various topics related to the social foundations of education.
EDST 391: Directed Study in Education StudiesDirected study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
EDST 395: Internship in Education StudiesInternship in a school or district office, museum or arts organization, other non-profit or community organization, social services agency, governmental body, policy or advocacy group, or other education-related setting with prior approval. (Does not count toward teacher certification.) The academic component of the internship includes readings related to the substance of the internship, discussions with the faculty supervisor, and a written report appropriate to the discipline. Course grades are based on this academic work.
EDST 399: Independent Study in Education Studies
EDST 400: The Environment, Community, and EducationThe course will examine the relationship between community-mindedness and the development of ecological literacy. Cultural assumptions about the natural world and our place in it that are implicit within the K-12 and college curriculum, and the manner in which modern forms of education shape our understanding of what it means to “live well in a place we know well” will be explored. Examples of how schools can contribute to environmental and social sustainability (and justice) via community- and place-based education will be presented.
EDST 440: Sociology of EducationAn examination of the social foundations of education in the United States with particular attention paid to the cultural, political, and economic functions of education in modern society. Other topics include the reproductive function of schooling in a society divided along lines of race/ethnicity and class, schools as sites of cultural production, and the historical tension in the U.S. between “equality” and “excellence” in education. Practicum of 20 hours required.
EDST 450: Topics in Education StudiesThis seminar explores issues in contemporary education. Topics vary by term and focus on controversies or innovations in educational systems, practices, and policy or in the relations between school and society. May be repeated when topic is different.
Topic for Winter 2019: Psychology of Failure
Failure is a scary term. But what, exactly, are the consequences of failing? Is failure always negative or can it be positive? If so, how? This course will explore the role of failure in our lives, particularly as it relates to learning and motivation (academic and nonacademic) from both a psychological and philosophical perspective.