Curriculum and Instruction (Graduate)

My purposes in this course are to explore with you several anthropological theories that provide lenses for understanding the relationship between culture, schooling and learning. We will consider and critique cultural difference theory, interpretive theory, social reproduction theory, and cultural practice theory. In addition, we will consider each theory's application to educational practice and research. Class sessions will include short lectures, small-group conversations, and whole-class discussions. Classes are designed for active participants. Please come to class prepared to discuss the assigned material. There are several things I hope you will gain from the course. They are: an understanding of historical curricula perspectives and concepts relevant to educational processes and settings; a greater sophistication in evaluating the contributions of curriculum theorists to educational research; and a reasonable idea of how to apply perspectives and concepts from this course to your own interests in mathematics and science education.

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