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EDUC 2120: Home

Introduction

Course Description

Given the rapidly changing demographics in our state and the country, this course is designed to equip future teachers with the fundamental knowledge of understanding culture and teaching children from diverse backgrounds. Specifically, this course is designed to examine 1) the nature and function of culture; 2) the development of individual and group cultural identity; 3) definitions and implications of diversity, and 4) the influences of culture on learning, development, and pedagogy.

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will:

  1. Examine the nature and function of culture.
  2. Explore how history and culture shape worldviews.
  3. Examine the development of his/her own cultural identity and learning styles.
  4. Develop and apply strategies for observing, analyzing, and comparing differences related to family structures, socioeconomic status, abilities/disabilities, and culture.
  5. Articulate strategies for teaching culturally diverse students in the classroom.
  6. Identify school practices and policies that perpetuate and maintain achievement gaps, including negative stereotypes, related to race, class, persons with disabilities, gender, sexual orientation, and other forms of prejudice and discrimination.
  7. Identify educators’ cultural practices and expectations that perpetuate and maintain achievement gaps.
  8. Identify strategies that creatively deal with challenges and differences between the cultures of educators and students.
  9. Identify assets and values of diverse populations to bring student learning to higher levels.

Topics Addressed in the Course:

  • Racism
  • White Privilege
  • Classism and Poverty
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Ableism
  • Cognitive Abilities
  • Religion
  • Multicultural Education
  • Cultural Competency Skills
  • Marginalization of at Risk Populations
  • Immigrant community
  • ELL
  • Civil Discourse
  • Bias, stereotypes, prejudice, and bigotry

Required Course Assignment

None Suggested—we believe the professor could have flexibility in course design