Calendar DescriptionAn examination of such factors as the economy, the state, social class, gender, ethnicity, subcultural membership, ideology and the home environment in relation to schooling.
Instructor's DescriptionA central theme of this course is that teachers should be proactive rather than reactive, which means we must be able to anticipate issues before they confront us in the classroom. A related theme is that teachers, to be autonomous professionals, must be prepared to define the issues for themselves, to prevent administrators, parents, students, the media, or various lobby groups from imposing their interpretation of events on the teaching profession. A third theme is that to understand an issue fully, it must be placed in the larger context of its historical, political, economic and social antecedents.
Course ObjectivesBy the end of the module, students will be able to demonstrate key characteristics of an autonomous professional and reflective practitioner by:
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IMPORTANT HINT: Avoid the reification of "society"; that is, do not say "society demands" or "society believes" or "Alberta needs" or any other phrasing that suggests that society is a single, conscious entity. Society consists of a number of competing institutions, groups, and individuals, each with their own views, aims, and influence. Be as precise as possible when identifying which group holds a particular view or has a particular need, and do not make the mistake of identifying such views or needs as universal. [One common propaganda technique is for a group lobbying for some change to say "Alberta needs this" when really they mean they—just that specific lobby group—wants it.]
As with any assignment in any course, always check your work against the course goals. Remember always that the purpose of any assignment is to assess the student's mastery of, or progress towards, one or more of the listed learning objectives. So ask yourself how your presentation or paper in this course demonstrates that you are a reflective practitioner and/or autonomous professional? Which of the 11 goals listed for this course does your assignment address?
Last updated May 20, 2018.