EDUC W10 Zambian Education Developments (MAY). This course explores preschool—high school education and development in the area of Lusaka, Lusaka Province, Zambia. Participants will visit and later engage in aiding in Zambian public schools, in schools like the Esther School and the Helen DeVos Christian School started by American groups, and in International Schools in order to gain a deeper understanding of culturally sustaining pedagogy. The group will examine Zambian educational issues and the political, economic, and religious underpinnings to those issues through school visits and a weeklong classroom aiding experience, as well as through interactions with Zambian school leaders and church leaders. By examining another culture’s educational structure and practices, it is a goal of the course to develop new ways of seeing possibilities for American schooling and international schooling. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Course dates: May 25—June 13, 2014. Fee: $3850. M. Terpstra. Off campus.
EDUC W80 Teaching & Learning with Technology. This course will assist students in assessing his or her own administrative and instructional needs as a teacher and in becoming fluent with a variety of technologies that can be used to meet these needs. Students will explore existing educational environments and gain the knowledge needed to confidently assess a school’s technology resources and determine which technologies they will effectively adopt. Exploration will include the enhancement of student learning to simple time saving tips for a teacher’s day-to-day routine. Students will explore their own preferred teaching style and identify technologies that will help them reach a wider range learning styles. After two weeks of analyzing case studies and becoming familiar with technologies ranging from educational games to wireless course management software, students will spend one week in an educational environment putting into practice the skills they have learned. This course will fulfill an elective in the computer sceince in education minor. Prerequisite: IDIS 110 or equivalent. M. Terpstra. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
EDUC 343 Early Childhood Education: Preschool Field Experience. A field experience in a preschool setting that meets state requirements for the endorsement. Provides for analysis of teaching methods, materials, and classroom organization as they relate to the early childhood setting. Prerequisites: education 236, 337, 339, and Sociology 304. S. Verwys. Off Campus.
IDIS W80 Poverty, Homelessness, and Schooling . Course dates: January 8-28. Fee: $1250. P. Stegink. Off campus.
IDIS 150 12 DCM: Promoting equity in urban schools. J. Walcott. 8:30 a.m. to noon.