EDUC-101: Contemporary Education: Principles and Practices

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: EDUC-101 Contemporary Education: Principles and Practices

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 4 class hours

Credits: 4

Pre-requisites (if any): (or Co-requisite:) Students must complete any developmental requirements in English (see Proficiency in Math and English) prior to taking this course or enroll in ENGL-101 and BE-102 at the same time as this course

Course Description in college catalog:

This course will examine the historical, philosophical and sociological foundations of American education. Students will study the evolution of educational theory and research-based practices that promote social, emotional, and cognitive development and enhance learning. Attention will be paid to comparative analysis of past and contemporary political, philosophical, and sociological factors that influence and shape education decision-making.

The course introduces students to the reflective decision-making model through readings, in-class activities and discussions, and intensive writing exercises. Students will directly observe the teaching and learning process through the experience of a required internship in a public or private educational institution with field hours to be arranged. Students will also be introduced to the applications of technology in the classroom.


Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

Queensborough Community College/Queens College Dual/Joint A.A./B.A. Degree Program in Liberal Arts and Sciences and Childhood Education

A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)

1. The jointly registered program is designed to provide students with:

2. preparation for the upper division teacher education program and the liberal arts co-major of their choice at Queens College.

3. an understanding of the core curriculum of Liberal Arts and Sciences classes.

4. a conceptual and practical foundation in the field of early childhood and elementary education.

5. practicum experience in an elementary or early childhood classroom setting.

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning

  3. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

Historical and Philosophical Foundations: Students will gain a basic understanding of the historical and philosophical contexts for understanding current educational practices and trends by examining the events and ideas that have influenced the development of education in the U.S.

Social Foundations: Students will examine the relationship between society and the schools that society has established to serve its needs. The focus is on the complex relationship between social class, race and educational achievement and the various.

Curricular Foundations: Students will study the ways in which changes in society have led to changes in educational goals, curriculum and instructional methods.

Technology: Students will demonstrate their ability to incorporate technology to promote learning and support instruction.

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Methods used to evaluate student learning will be multidimensional and will be chosen from but not limited to, sharing and reflections, role playing, oral presentations, research reports and projects and exams.

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

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