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EDMC 504 - Teaching and Learning in Urban Contexts

(3 credits)
Teachers have great influence on their students’ success in school. This course will explore systemic and local factors influencing urban schools and identify pedagogical approaches to provide excellent education to students in urban contexts. Participants will discuss the achievement gap and inequities in educational opportunities. The knowledge and skills practiced in this course will benefit all teachers working in today’s diverse schools.   Understanding the life of, and in schools in, the urban environments is critical to approaching how to work constructively and collaboratively within and outside the respective school. A critical pedagogy appreciates that every aspect of schooling and every form of educational practice are politically contested spaces. Educational practice is a fuzzy concept as it takes place in numerous settings, is shaped by a plethora of often invisible forces, and can operate even in the name of democracy and justice to be totalitarian and oppressive. The recognition of these political complications of schooling is a first step for critical pedagogy-influenced educators and advocates of a metropedagogy in developing an intellectual, social-activist teacher persona. The origins of social-reconstructionism from the post WWII era will underscore the importance of how and why this has become the most pressing issue in the urban public school. Offered annually.