NWCCD 2018-19 Catalog 
    Sep 27, 2022  
NWCCD 2018-19 Catalog [This is an Archived Catalog.]

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EDFD 2020 - Foundations of Education

This course utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to provide a critical examination of educational thought and practice in the United States for prospective teachers. This course gives students a knowledge and understanding of theories and trends in education. It gives students an opportunity to evaluate their interests and aptitudes in the area of teaching. Students examine, analyze, and evaluate social issues affecting education today as well as legal questions related to education and the historical background of education. Students considering teaching as a viable career examine various philosophic concepts and begin the development of their own philosophy of education.

Credits: 3

Instructional Method Lecture

General Education Requirement: None

Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 1010 English I

Minimum Student Competencies
Upon completion of EDFD 2020 Foundations of Education, the student will:

  1. Demonstrate the relationship of current educational issues relative to school organization, curriculum, instruction, and assessment to philosophic and historical foundations through oral and written discussions.
  2. Demonstrate an awareness of the profession, the working environment and professional organizations in preparation for a teaching role.
  3. Explore past educational experiences and their relationship to teaching identity.
  4. Identify personal and professional strengths that have an impact on teaching and learning.
  5. Illustrate the current status of the teaching profession, certification, the role and conditions of teaching, professional teacher associations, and the legal and ethical issues facing teachers.
  6. Examine the characteristics of culturally diverse learners and explore the implications these have for continued improvement in instruction, teaching practices and the overall learning environment.
  7. Determine the influence of social issues on current and future school practices.
  8. Analyze information on the issues, problems, and potential solutions related to contemporary educational reform, and such policy issues as the characteristics of effective teaching and learning environments, school choice, special education, and multicultural education.
  9. Evaluate several personal motivations for becoming a teacher.
  10. Examine education by focusing on four themes: schools and students, teachers, foundations and the future, and the teaching professional.
  11. Determine current educational issues related to the philosophy, history, finance, and governance of education in the United States.
  12. Maximize his or her academic analytical writing skills through writing assignments and projects.
  13. Demonstrate professional behavior and dress in the classroom.
  14. Develop a professional dossier.

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