An introduction to the study of education and pedagogy. This class examines issues such as curriculum development, best practices regarding learning and teaching, and the role and responsibilities of the teacher in a multicultural and diverse environment.
EDUC 300 Foundations of Education (3)
A critical examination of contemporary educational theories, policies, and practices, with particular attention to concerns common to schools and school systems in Canada and the United States.
EDUC 310 Philosophy of Education (3)
This course provides a philosophical analysis of classic, modern, analytic, and post-analytic theories of education. Major theorists studied include Plato, Aristotle, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, Mill, Whitehead, Dewey, Hirst, Peters, and Rorty. Particular attention is paid to varying conceptions of the nature, scope, purpose, and social implications of education. Each student participates in a semester-long project involving philosophical research, writing, peer review, and public defense.
Cross-listed: PHI 300 Philosophy of Education
Prerequisite(s): PHI 100 Introduction to Philosophy I or PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy II
EDUC 322 Exceptional Children (3)
An examination of the disorders and learning exceptionalities most commonly diagnosed in childhood, with a focus on how specific academic, social and cognitive difficulties and challenges affect children and adolescents in their classrooms, homes, and communities. Some attention to giftedness will be given within the context of an inclusive educational model.
Cross-listed: PSY 322 Exceptional Children
Prerequisite(s): 6 credit hours of Psychology or permission of instructor
EDUC 450 Aboriginal Epistemology and Pedagogy (3)
An examination of Aboriginal learning philosophies and instructional strategies, both of which demand an understanding of Indigenous epistemology. This course investigates Aboriginal ways of knowing and being and the art of teaching and instructing in a manner that respects Aboriginal protocols and knowledge.br> Cross-listed: NTST 450 Aboriginal Epistemology and Pedagogy
EDUC 471 Educational Psychology (3)
This course examines the application of social and psychological principles to the educative process; the role of the communicator and learner; motivation, intelligence, transfer, and measurement of learning; and the influence of cultural values and social structure upon education and educational institutions. Emphasis is also given to application of the principles of psychology to ministry.