San José State University
College of Education
Department of Elementary Education
EDTE 260: Critical Perspectives on Schooling for a Pluralist Democracy
Alexander Sapiens, Ph. D.
Tuesday 1400-1600, Wednesday 0800–0900, or by appointment
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION SHARED VISION:
A vision is a destination, but one which defines a journey, not a fixed point on a conceptual map.
The College of Education faculty holds that excellence and equity matter – that each is necessary,
and neither is sufficient in the absence of the other.
Consequently, we are a learning community of
practitioners/scholars in continuous development, dialogue and inquiry that enable us to revisit,
review and revise our practice in response to changing circumstances and to model and inspire that
dialogue for colleagues and students.
Equity speaks initially to access and ultimately to outcomes.
As a College, we work and prepare
educators to work, both at the instructional and policy-making levels, to ensure that every child has
the opportunity to benefit from available educational resources.
Our College works toward equity
in action, i.e., equity not only by policy, but through process and practice.
Excellence in a democratic society actualizes each student’s unique potential as an individual and as
a member of a diverse community.
Excellence recognizes the respect each of us must show for
others as we reach for our own success.
Excellence involves knowledge and skills with a
commitment to life-long curiosity, imagination, and learning.
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION MISSION:
The mission of the College of Education at San José State University is to prepare educators who
have the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and ethics that ensure equity and excellence for all students
in a culturally diverse, technologically complex, global community.
The policies and practices of the College of Education at San Jose State University are based on the
belief that teaching in a democracy requires and must ensure that
Students have access to an excellent and equitable education;
educators at every level have knowledge of their subject matter and their students value and
engage in ethical practice and excellent pedagogy, and develop dispositions and habits of mind
that ensure that all students have equitable access to an excellent education.
stakeholders be involved in the collegial community and engaged in the professional
Conversation and decision making that delineates standards, assigns resources, guide program
design, and reward accomplishment in the College.
This course will focus on using teacher research to explore issues in the teaching and learning
process in diverse, multilingual, multicultural, urban contexts.
Within the guidelines of state and