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Fall 2012-2013
AMS 325 (SA)   na, npdf

Urban Education Reform

Leslie E. Gerwin


This seminar focuses on issues involved in improving educational opportunities for children in urban schools. Students will analyze the historical and contemporary writings on concerns fundamental to student educational performance, with emphasis on understanding the barriers and pathways to reform and the political and policy dimensions of various reform initiatives. Seminar sessions will include issues analysis, student facilitated discussion, debates and guest speakers.

Sample reading list:
Abigail and Stephanie Thernstrom, No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning
Mike Rose, Why School
Diane Ravitch, The Death and Life of the Great American School System
E. D. Hirsch, Creating a Curriculum for the American People
Daniel Koretz, Measuring Up: What Educational Testing Really Tells Us
Dun and West, eds., From Schoolhouse to Courthouse: The Judiciary's Role

Reading/Writing assignments:
Two writing assignments applying readings to a policy memo, a funding proposal, project evaluations, or problem analysis; a mid-term essay; and a final project. Students can choose a subject and format consistent with their interests and experience; options include a field study, research paper, or program proposal.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Papers - 15%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Other (See Instructor) - 5%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
Class sessions will feature multi-perspective debates, student presentations of case studies, guest speakers, and discussion of current developments. A final project will enable students to pursue their personal interest in reform issues and to examine their role as change agents. COURSE NOW FILLED. PLEASE CONTACT FOR WAIT LIST.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22123 S01 07:30:00 pm - 10:20:00 pm T   Frist Campus Center   212   Enrolled:16 Limit:15 Closed