SED 610 Issues in Multiethnic Secondary Schools

Dr. Tae Chang: Professor in Secondary Education

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Course Overview

This course provides you an extended opportunity for critical inquiry into some of today’s most pressing educational issues. Through research and reading, collegial discussion and debate, reflection, and writing, you should develop a more thorough and nuanced understanding of these issues and their implications for practice. You should clarify and see new sides to these issues and question your initial assumptions. Ideally, you will strengthen or change your incoming opinions in light of new information. As a result, you will be better positioned for leadership on these issues in your classroom, school, community, or beyond, as well as for personal decisions about Taking Sides and professional development. In this course, you will also investigate teacher professionalism and the organizational culture of your school. These understandings will prepare you to take a greater leadership role on issues that affect your practice and your students’ learning.

Course objectives:

In this course, you will work toward the student learning outcomes (SLOs) required for the masters degree. In particular, you will develop:

  1. Theoretical understanding by reading, synthesizing, and evaluating educational theory and research in your field and applying research findings to your practice in diverse classroom settings

  2. Research skills by designing and conducting research ethically and effectively and presenting your findings at a professional level in oral and written forms

  3. Educational awareness by knowing current discipline-based and current general educational issues and how those impact schools

  4. Leadership by influencing policy and practice in educational communities through advocacy.

Important Note:

All assignments should be completed on time and in a professional manner; many will form the basis of class activities. Work must be typed using MS Word, 12-point, Times New Roman font.