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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 minor in education studies
- Three foundational courses:
- EDST 180: Psychology of Learning
- EDST 350: Ethnicity, Cultural Diversity, and Education
- And one of the following:
- EDST 310: Ethics and Education, or
- EDST 315: Philosophy of Children
- Two courses in education studies from among the following, at least one of which must be at the 400 level or above:
- EDST 270: Why Read Children's Books?
- EDST 309: Hollywood Goes to High School
- EDST 345: Distributed Cognition
- EDST 380: Engaging in Action Research
- EDST 400: The Environment, Community and Education
- EDST 440: Sociology of Education
- EDST 450: Topics in Education Studies (can be repeated as topics vary)
- EDST 545: Gesture Studies
- One of the following:
- an independent study (EDST 399/599),
- an academic internship (EDST 395/595), or
- either Developmental Psychology (PSYC 260/265) or Adolescent Psychology (PSYC 460).
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 282: Border Crossings in Children's and Young Adult LiteratureThis seminar uses the concept of crossing borders--im/emigrating, transgressing boundaries, occupying margins--as a focus for critical exploration of children's and young adult literature. What should books for young people be and do? Ho doe these texts participate in systems of power and developing social identities? Critical readings draw on literary, ethnic, gender, and disability studies. Discussion, short papers, and final paper/project.
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, children's rights, and adult responsibilities. Readings will derive from philosophical texts, fiction and children's literature, and social media. Students may elect to also enroll in EDST 316 for a field experience practicum in elementary classrooms.
EDST 316: Philosophy of Children PracticumField experiences in elementary classrooms encouraging children's wonder through philosophical discussion. This is an optional practicum for the course EDST 315 Philosophy of Children. Students will design philosophy lessons for young children and will conduct these lessons in small cooperative groups.
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 387: Text/Image Narratives for Children and Young AdultsThis seminar examines narratives for young people that combine text and image. It introduces concepts from literary, aesthetic, design, and cultural criticism to examine how audiences interpret these works, focusing attention on questions of representation and subjectivity. Selected works encompass fiction and non-fiction and may include picture books, graphic novels/comics, hybrid books, and digital/hyperlinked narratives. Discussion, short papers and visual projects, and collaborative final project.
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 Spring 2020: The Philosophy of the Play
Maria Montessori wrote that “the work of the child is play.” But is play also the work of all humans, child or adult? In this seminar students will examine the concept of play by reading philosophers on play, observing children and adults at play, and considering the role of play in human flourishing. Students will engage in discussion, reflective writing, and collaborative projects.