Education in Context – EDUC 5010: Learning Materials

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Learn: Education in Context

Course Overview

This course will examine the role of education across time and in different places in the world, and the social and political influences that shaped the goals and structure of today’s diverse educational systems. The contributions of classical and modern thinkers and their impact on contemporary education and on the role and function of the teacher will be explored. Analysis of globalization and the nature of differing educational systems and values will provide a context for reflecting on one’s own personal philosophy of education.


Preparation Resources 

  • This course does not contain a main textbook; resources to all required reading will be provided in the course Learning Guide for each week.


Education in Context: History, Philosophy, and Sociology – Course Schedule and Topics:

This course will cover the following topics in eight learning sessions, with one Unit per week.


Week 1: Unit 1History and Purpose of Schooling in the United States


Week 2: Unit 2Historical Global Foundations of Education


Week 3: Unit 3 – Philosophical Foundations of Education


Week 4: Unit 4Global Philosophical Foundations in Education


Week 5: Unit 5 Sociological Foundations of Education


Week 6: Unit 6 Social & Political Issues


Week 7: Unit 7 Global Standings and Perspectives


Week 8: Unit 8The Role of Educators in a Changing World