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San José State University Connie L. Lurie College of Education Department of Elementary Education EDEL 103, Foundations of Multicultural Education: Critical Perspectives on Schooling in a Pluralist Democracy Section 40 MLE, Course # 25518, Wednesday 4-6:45, SH 313 Spring 2010 Instructor: Judith Lessow-Hurley Office Location: SH 339 Telephone: 408 924 3730 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: By appointment Prerequisites: Admission to the MS Credential Program or Approved minor in elementary education Course Description and Goals EDEL 103 is designed to develop beginning teachers’ commitment to equitable outcomes and high achievement for all students and to the overarching purpose of schools and schooling to foster, sustain and perpetuate a democratic and just society. Participants in this course will be encouraged to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to teach in and transform diverse schools. Toward this end the course provides candidates with opportunities to reflect on their own identity in relation to their students, to develop cultural proficiency and to examine and critique sources of inequity in schools. Multicultural education is not ethnic studies, or a program for minority students, or compensatory programming “for them.” Rather it is a way of thinking about the goals and outcomes of education and schooling in a pluralist democracy. It is not something we do once a year or a curriculum about holidays, but an attempt to make schooling responsive to and reflective of children from diverse social, economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. It is not a divisive imposition of political correctness, but seeks to provide equitable education that is personally correct, i.e., suited to the needs and strengths of each and every individual student. According to the noted scholar James Banks, multicultural education is education for freedom. Students must be free to affirm their own racial, cultural and ethnic heritage, and free to reach beyond their own borders to create a civic community. The social and political life of the United States has always been characterized by a tension between e pluribus and unum. The principle that unites us is, paradoxically, the interest we have in preserving our right to be individuals, different from one another.
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Student Learning Objectives Upon successful completion of this course, candidates will: Understand the nature of culture and language, and their relationships to schooling, teaching and learning; Understand and question the presuppositions that inform schooling in general and teaching in particular with reference to race, ethnicity, social class, and gender; Understand students’ cultural, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds as resources for the design and delivery of a curriculum that legitimizes multiple traditions of knowledge. Course Objectives in Relationship to the Knowledge Base Continuum
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