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About This Project

Introduction to Education: Looking Forward and Looking Back on Education

One of two introductory subjects on teaching and learning science and mathematics in a variety of K-12 settings. Topics include education and media, education reform, the history of education, simulations, games, and the digital divide. Students gain practical experience through weekly visits to schools, classroom discussions, selected readings, and activities to develop a critical and broad understanding of past and current forces that shape the goals and processes of education, and explores the challenges and opportunities of teaching. Students work collaboratively and individually on papers, projects, and in-class presentations.

Week 1 Introduction

Week 2 How do students learn science?

Week 3 How do students learn?

Week 4 What has changed in the American educational system, and what has remained the same?

Week 5 What has changed in the American educational system, and what has remained the same?

Week 6 How do we teach students math?

Week 7 How should we teach classroom mathematics?

Week 8 What can technology do for students? What does technology want?

Week 9 What can technology do for students?

Week 10 How do teachers construct meaningful learning experiences

Weeks 11-14 Modes of Teaching

Students bring their 11.124 insights to bear on a variety of careers including formal education and corporate training and human development.

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Course Number(s)

11.124

Units

3 - 6 - 3

Term

Fall

Course Designation(s)

HASS-S, HASS-CIH

Instructor

Prof. Klopfer

Prerequisites

None

Category
Courses, Educational Practice and Theory Sequence