Why do schools look the way they do? This is the important question answered by Education 101.
This course surveys the historical, philosophical, ideological, social, cultural, political, and economic foundations of American education and uses this information as a lens to analyze educational practices. Current issues affecting schools, teachers, students, families and communities are examined and discussed throughout the course. Discussion of student, teacher, and community diversities and identities will be integrated into the course.
Students participate in a structured service learning experience in which they experience, observe, and reflect on issues related to schooling.
The middle of the semester is when I see the “light-bulb” come on for Duke students. Through their relationships with the young learners and working in the school context, the students truly get that we are talking about real people who learn different ways and are affected by decisions we make as a society about education. Students see directly that individuals’ experiences of school vary widely. Gaining this perspective is invaluable, and it comes through the service-learning component of the course.
- Amy Anderson, Instructor
Field Study trips are a standard component of the EDUC 101 Seminar course. Field Studies include visits to local and/or historical businesses, organizations and/or schools that offer unique perspectives on education and/or systems that impact education. These Field Studies are an important way to expose students to Durham history as well as introduce them to the foundations of education.
We weren't just lectured at - there were discussions in every class and group activities to really drive home the day's topic. The opportunity to tutor in a local school was really rewarding because it made the things we were learning about concrete, rather than just abstract ideas we would discuss. The class is great for anyone interested in teaching, policy making or just wanting to learn more about the American education system.
- Celina Rodriguez, student
This class showcased the skills necessary to become an an effective teacher, communicator, and leader. It significantly impacted my education, but it also gave me the opportunity to assist the Durham community through its service-learning components, serving as a first-hand example as to how my education is making a positive impact on not only myself but the community I live in.
- Jacob Voissiere, student
I really enjoyed the tutoring portion of Educ 101. It was really great to connect the curriculum with hands on experience. Getting to work with the kids was always the highlight of my week!
- Hillary Grubbs, student