SS 325 - Education and Culture
In a seminar format different theories and meanings of culture, cultural identities, the influences and relationships between learning and culture, and the different educational expectations of selected cultures are examined. Race, class, and genders will be discussed. Concepts are explored through dialogue, guest speakers, student presentations, and field trips. Prerequisite – Junior/Status Standing
Education and Culture Syllabus
Instructor: John Zaber
Required Texts: Sherman Alexie The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Chose One: Autobiographical Reading/Memoir
Bich Minh Nguyen (2007) Stealing the Buddha’s Dinner
Brian D. Schultz (2008) Spectacular Things Happened Along the Way: Lessons
Learned from an Urban Classroom
Paley, V.G. (1989) White Teacher
Robinson, John Elder (2008) Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s
This course is a reading and participatory heavy course reliant on your presence (physical and mental). The course format includes small and large group dialogue sessions, guest speakers, substantial reading and writing (reflection papers, personal essays, and final synthesis paper), and collaborative group projects, interspersed with field trips.
1. To gain an understanding of the history of American education through a socio-cultural lens.
2. To understand the “Culture of Power” in the U.S. and the role of minorities particulary in relation to education.
3. To gain empathy, world citizenship, and narrative imagination by reading autobiographical memoirs.
4. To engage in dialog around the notion of education as the practice of freedom.
5. To explore education on an international level.
6. To interact and engage with people of other cultures.
Self Examination Paper 10%
Reflective Reading Response 20%
Dialogue Session 10%
Autobiographical/Memoir Presentations 10%
Discussions Series on Race 10%
Field Experiences 10%
Students bring a variety of learning styles to class. We do our best to support different learning modes by mixing lecture, discussion, hands-on work, and visual information. Please feel free to let us know what mode works best for you—we will do our best to accommodate your learning style. If you have a learning problem or documented disability, please check in with Leland Peterson, Learning Support Coordinator. Leland can help you determine what accommodations would be helpful for you in this course.