"Education is Freedom."
- Paulo Freire
SPRING 2016 | TICKET 2599
SOCIAL SCIENCE 101
URBAN EDUCATION IN AMERICA
T/TH, 10:45 AM - 12:10 PM
LOCATION: SF 102
Shelley Aronoff | email firstname.lastname@example.org
phone 818/240-1000, x5763
office location: SF 100-K
M, T: 2:30 PM- 3:30 PM
W, TH: 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
F: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, ONLINE
Social Science 101 is designed to provide students with fundamental understanding of the American system of education, especially in urban multi-cultural schools. It deals with the sociology, politics and philosophy of urban education. The course covers current conditions of American schools and selected challenges of California’s diverse urban schools. The focus is on the issues facing teachers working in diverse, multi-racial, multi-ethnic urban settings and on the efforts being made to respond to the needs of urban students.
Class ID: 11672657
Enrollment Password: 2599
Think. Investigate. Create.
The cultivation of independence and active learning allows students to develop meta-cognitive skills (knowing when and how to use particular strategies for learning or for problem solving) that will help you frame, tackle, and solve problems, evaluate and improve your own work, and guide your learning process in productive ways.
This class is designed to give students an opportunity to learn about and practice higher order thinking skills, including:
• Critical thinking
• Problem solving
• Oral and written communication
• Information retrieval and analysis
These skills are in high demand by employers and prepare students to succeed in our knowledge-based economy.
As a way to introduce and apply these skills, students will collaborate on a semester-length team project; use written communication in essay and journal assignments; practice oral communication in classroom discussions and team project planning; present project findings on the final day of class; and curate a best works portfolio.
Assignments are designed to engage students in higher level thought processes, including the capacity to approach tasks strategically, hypothesize, predict, evaluate, integrate, and synthesize ideas. Students will be given an opportunity to practice important skills throughout the semester, and will be expected to:
• Apply evidence-based solutions
• Evaluate results
• Use new ideas
• Cultivate creativity
• Connect to prior knowledge and experience
• Discover through experience
Beyond the mastery of course content, an important goal of this class is to encourage students to learn not only why and how things work, but what they can do to improve them.
From: Darling-Hammond, Linda. The Flat World and Education. Teacher's College Press, New York: 2010.