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Spring 2015-2016
* AMS 311 (SA)   na, npdf

Education and Inequality

Kathleen M. Nolan

In this course, students examine the relationship between inequality and schooling in the United States. We explore the educational practices and organizational structures through which social inequality is produced and reproduced inside schools and how social class, race, ethnicity, gender, and other social differences shape educational outcomes. Additionally, we examine students' responses to inequality and theories of resistance. We mainly consider theoretically grounded, qualitative research related to K-12 education. Several readings discuss the realities of urban schooling, and each week we connect the readings to current policy trends.

Sample reading list:
Patrick McGuinn, The Federal Role in Educational Equity
Jean Anyon, Social class and the hidden curriculum of work
G. Orfield and C. Lee, Racial Transformation and the Changing Nature of Segregation
S. Fordham and J. U. Ogbu, Black students' school success
K. Tyson, W. Darity, D. R. Castellino, It's not "a Black thing"
Stacy Lee, The truth and myth of the model minority

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 100-200 pp. reading per week; one essay response, 2-3 pp.; Midterm paper, 5-6 pp.; Oral presentation, 10-12 minutes; Final paper, 7-10 pp.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 15%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 10%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Reserved Seats:
AMS Certificate Students Only 1

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41727 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Frist Campus Center   206   Enrolled:14 Limit:12 Closed