Susan A. Mason, Director
Victoria J. G. Stockton Allen
Barbara T. Britt-Hysell
Characterized by an inquiry-oriented approach to the field of education, coursework in this interdisciplinary minor is integrated into, rather than separated from, the liberal arts curriculum of the College. This course of study is recommended for students who are interested in school administration, public policy and education, school counseling, design and development of curriculum, educational assessment, K-12 private school teaching, graduate studies leading to teaching certification and other related fields. Support from local public school districts allows students to complete upward of 120 hours of field experience in the elementary, middle and/or secondary school environments.
The five-unit minor in education studies consists of 200, 350, 370 and two other approved courses. As each student's interests and needs are unique, specific course selection beyond the required 200, 350 and 370 will be individually determined with guidance and approval from the director in consultation with members of the Education Studies Program Committee.
Courses applied toward meeting concentration requirements may not be applied toward a minor in education studies. Placement for 370 is contingent upon the student achieving at least a 2.7 (B-) overall GPA and the approval of the director of the Education Studies Program.
Essential Instructional Models for Volunteer Tutors and Teachers.
Planning, preparing and delivering student-centered, active learning-based lessons and tutorials in cooperation with community-based volunteer teaching organizations. Appropriate educational adaptations to the challenges and opportunities of various educational environments, learner groups, socio-economic and cultural dynamics. Maximum enrollment, 18. (Oral Presentations.) Proof of existing teaching/tutoring placement prior to beginning course work. One-quarter course credit. Maximum enrollment, 18.
Special Topics: Oral Presentations in the 9-12 Classroom.
This course will give Levitt Scholars a rudimentary familiarity with classroom presentation skills and the construction of an effective and communicative instructional message. Students will plan, organize and practice delivery of a 30-40 minute presentation appropriate for a grade 9-12 classroom. Quarter credit. (Oral Presentations.) Enrollment restricted to Levitt Scholars and by permission of instructor. Maximum enrollment, 12.
200F,S Issues in Education.
Exploration of the cultural foundations of the American Public Education system. Study of the impact of key education reform movements on today’s dynamic and often troubled pre-K through 12th grade classroom environments. Consideration of several contemporary educational issues from historical, philosophical, scientific, multicultural and pedagogical perspectives. Includes lecture, discussion, multi-media projects and small-group interaction. (Oral Presentations.) Fall, no first year students. Spring, first year students only. Maximum enrollment, 30. Mason.
201F Methods of Tutoring English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Prepares students to perform as ESOL tutors by providing discussion of the practical approaches, methods and techniques tutors use in classroom settings. Using a communicative curricula that emphasizes function over form, this course addresses language teaching methods, interactive strategies for integrated learning for non-native speakers or English language learners and limited English proficient students. Discussion of the concept of culture helps tutors recognize the influence of culture on patterns of thinking and behaving, and language acquisition. Course provides students with the Hamilton College ESOL Tutor Certificate of Completion. Fifteen lecture hours and 20 field study and/or service learning hours required. One-quarter course credit. Evaluated Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Maximum enrollment, 18. Britt-Hysell.
Introduction to Disability Studies.
An exploration of the interdisciplinary field of disability studies, including the problem of defining disability, the history of attitudes toward and treatment of persons with disabilities and the complex social and philosophical questions surrounding justice for persons with disabilities and their place within American society. Special attention to the perspective of persons with disabilities to issues of race, class, gender and sexuality, and to the differences in impairment. A formal internship is required and is graded as part of the course. (Oral Presentations.) (Proseminar.) Not open to first-year students. Maximum enrollment, 16.
210S Curriculum Decision-Making.
The research and scholarship of curricular decision-making is studied to better understand the form and substance of the American public school. Federal and state regulations, standards, and testing processes will be considered when looking at innovative and sometimes controversial curricular plans and models. Case studies, curriculum development activities, and oral reports are used. (Oral Presentations.) (Proseminar.) Prerequisite, 200 or 205 or permission of instructor. Next offered spring, 2015. Maximum enrollment, 16. Mason.
211F Sociology of Higher Education.
This course examines the American higher education system, focusing on selective colleges and universities. We will begin with a brief examination of the history of American higher education. We will then consider how race/ethnicity, immigration, gender, and socioeconomic status shape college attainment and experiences in the contemporary period. We also will consider larger questions such as: Is college still “worth it?”? Is a degree from a “name brand” college worth more than one from a state or two-year college? What do—or should—students actually learn in college? (Same as Sociology 211.) Lee.
219/319F Pragmatics and Language Acquisition.
Examines interface phenomena between pragmatics and language acquisition. Students will learn theoretical issues of semantics/pragmatics and the theory of the first language acquisition. Target languages to examine various phenomena are Chinese, Japanese, Korean and English. (Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.) (Same as Anthropology 219 and East Asian Languages and Literatures 219/319.) Kamiya.
220F Sign Language and Deaf Culture 1.
An introduction to the techniques and uses of American Sign Language (ASL). Study of deaf culture and the pedagogical role of ASL in the education of hearing-impaired and deaf learners. Maximum enrollment, 18. Allen.
221S Gender and Education.
This course examines questions of gender within the contexts of primary, secondary, and post-secondary American education. We consider the ways that gender impacts upon a person’s achievement, attainment, and other education outcomes. Among other primary concerns will be the increasing gap between men and women in college completion, boys’ and girls’ school disciplinary and achievement records, and the relationships between gender and race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status in schooling. Prerequisite, 1 sociology course or permission of instructor. (Same as Sociology 221.) Elizabeth Lee.
230S Sign Language and Deaf Culture II.
Intermediate level study of the techniques and uses of American Sign Language (ASL). Investigation of the unique characteristics of the American deaf culture. Special attention to the instructional opportunities and challenges encountered in K-12 public inclusive classrooms and other specialized learning environments. Prerequisite, 220. Maximum enrollment, 18. Allen.
Challenges and Opportunities in Bilingual Education.
An introduction to bilingual education and practice. Working from an interdisciplinary perspective, this course will cover such topics as individual and societal concepts in minority and majority languages; childhood development perspectives; bilingual and second language classrooms; and political and multicultural perspectives on bilingual education. (Writing-intensive.) (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, 200 or permission of instructor. Maximum enrollment, 20.
Technology in Education: Issues and Opportunities.
What is the difference between learning from technology and learning with technology? This course explores the role of technology in learning and critically analyzes the cognitive, social, political, and logistical aspects of education technology in the K-12 public school setting. Students will research and develop a learning model incorporating technology in a proposal for a specific grade range in a public school system of the future. Hands-on experiences critically assessing technology in constructivist based learning are required. (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, one full-unit education studies course or permission of instructors. Multimodal assignments are required. Maximum enrollment, 20.
259S Second/Foreign Language Development and Learning Strategies.
The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the findings on second/foreign language development and learning strategies over the last 4 decades. Students will read about and discuss the key issues in second/foreign language acquisition process, different acquisition models, and learning strategies involved in the different stages of second language development. Students will also learn to carry out interlanguage data collection, 4 types of data analysis (contrastive, error, performance, and discourse analyses) used in the second language acquisition field. Taught in English (Same as Hispanic Studies 259 and East Asian Languages and Literatures 259.) Hong Gang Jin.
301S Seminar in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Addresses the general principles of language acquisition and pedagogy for teaching English to non-native speakers as a second or foreign language. Specific classroom application of principles and guidelines are emphasized through lesson and unit plan development. Themes are taught interactively, creating a collaborative learning environment that facilitates communicative language teaching focusing on student-to-student interaction and learning. Students finish course with an experiential and theoretical understanding of how to facilitate a quality ESOL classroom. Prerequisite, permission of instructor. Three lecture hours and three field study and/or service learning hours per week. Course provides students with the Hamilton College ESOL Teacher Certificate of Completion. Maximum enrollment, 18. Britt-Hysell.
310F,S Education Field Experience.
Systematic examination, analysis and evaluation of education within a specific public school system. Focus on the intersection of factors including classroom instruction, school structures, public policies and decision-making prerogatives. Self-directed off-campus field experience. Must arrange own transportation. Open to students who have declared an education studies minor or consent of instructor. One-quarter course credit. Maximum enrollment, 20. Mason.
Youth and Cultural Reproduction.
The notion of youth as a lifespan period has grown in salience and pervasiveness in the world. Explores three major aspects of social scientists’ attention to youth: as a category to probe intersections among culture, aesthetics, and class in post-industrial societies; as a means for imagining the relationship between colonial and post-colonial forms of governance; and as a means for tracing the flows of capital among nation-states. Youth thus provides us with a window into pressing concerns in late-20th and early-21st century social science. Prerequisite, 100-level anthropology course or consent of instructor. (Same as Anthropology 311.)
Anthropology of Education.
Examines the school as a site for the reconstruction of cultural difference. Special attention paid to links between schooling and the nation, to connections between schooling and modernity, and to themes such as discipline, value, gender, language and labor. Examples from Bolivia, Tanzania, India and the United States, among other nation-states. Concludes with a consideration of globalization, specifically the rise in neoliberal approaches in the governance of school systems. Prerequisite, one course in anthropology or consent of instructor. (Same as Anthropology 318.)
Design, Development, and Delivery of Instruction.
Study of theoretical and practical approaches to the design, development, delivery, and assessment of learner-centered instruction. Topics include planning and organizing instructional messages, adapting to learner styles, using Socratic discourse, integrating instructional technologies, and identifying classroom teacher prerogatives. Experiential sessions and videotaping. (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, One full unit Education Studies course or permission of instructor. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory Maximum enrollment, 18.
350F Seminar in Ethnography of Learning Environments.
Systematic observation of a specific learning environment. Examination of classroom discourse and the development and analysis of curriculum. Assessment of the effect social context and relationships have on the enactment of teaching and learning. (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, 200 and consent of instructor. Maximum enrollment, 12. Mason.
370S Education Practicum.
Applied field experience in a K-12 functional area, including classroom instruction, guidance counseling or school administration. Mentored activities with education professionals. Semester-long placements directed toward analysis and evaluation of educational theories in practice. (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, 350 and consent of director. Maximum enrollment, 15. Wieczorek.
395N Clinical Teaching Intensive Special Needs.
Each student is assigned full-time teaching responsibilities, under supervision, in a setting with learners with intensive special needs. Includes extensive practicum experience with a focus on teaching and case management. Papers and attendance at weekly seminars required. Course available to students enrolled in the cooperative program at the New England Center for Children; earns two course credits with only one course credit counting toward requirements for the minor in education studies. Evaluated Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.