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Educational Studies

The Educational Studies provides a "critical foundations approach" to understanding educational issues and practices by drawing upon a range of theories and methods from history, sociology, cultural studies, economics, political science, philosophy and psychology. This approach provides viewers with a critical, integrated understanding of the relations between instructors/teachers, students/learners, educational organization(s) and society. This focus of study will not only be of interest to teachers and other school professionals (administrators, counselors, and psychologists), but also to those who wish to develop a greater understanding of the forces that shape and influence public policy and practice.

The Educational Studies focus area is flexible and provides opportunities for students to configure clusters of courses that address individual interests. A cluster of courses with social justice themes may be created for a teacher or administrator who wants to create ways to address racial, ethnic and cultural differences. Another cluster of courses may be created for a policy analyst (administrator and adult educator) interested in understanding organizations, such as colleges and universities, as sites of leadership, change and transformation.

Foundational Courses for Educational Studies

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Updated February 26 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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