Research on Teaching
Introduces Ph.D. students to conceptual and empirical scholarship about teaching and teacher education as well as to contrasting paradigms and methodological approaches upon which this literature is based. Helps students become aware of major substantive areas in the field of research on teaching/teacher education, develop critical perspectives and questions on contrasting paradigms, and raise questions about implications of this research for curriculum and instruction, policy and practice, and teacher education/professional development. Considers issues related to epistemology, methodology, and ethics.
Advanced Classroom Research: Experienced Teacher as Researcher
This course is appropriate for experienced teachers and others working in educational settings, graduate students with school-based experience, and current or prospective teacher educators. The course focuses on the possibilities and consequences of taking an "inquiry stance" as a framework for posing, investigating and addressing problems of practice. The course explores what it means to be a practitioner researcher in educational institutions, including schools, colleges and universities, museums and adult learning programs. The course will pay particular attention to the conceptual and experiential frameworks that practitioners bring to site-based educational inquiry.
Controversies in Curriculum and Instruction
Explores contemporary curriculum controversies in American education as well as the ways these are shaped by differing conceptions of teaching, learning, and the purposes of schooling and by the larger social, historical, political, and cultural contexts in which schooling occurs. The course assumes a broad and encompassing definition of curriculum and the aspects of instruction, assessment, and teacher preparation that have major implications for curriculum. Although the focus of the course is on curricular controversies in K-12 education, controversies related to the curriculum of early childhood education, adult learning, and higher education are also relevant.