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ED 519 Diversity in the Classroom
McClelland, Patricia


COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBER: ED 519  

COURSE TITLE:  Diversity in the Classroom

COURSE DESCRIPTOR:  Elective

TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT:  Fall I 2005

NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER:   Pat Hutchens McClelland, Ph.D.

TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER:   Professor of Education

FACULTY OFFICE LOCATION:   CO 307

FACULTY OFFICE HOURS:  Most days T—F 9-4; M 1-5

FACULTY OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER:   816 584-6727

FACULTY PARK EMAIL ADDRESS:  pat.mcclelland@park.edu

OTHER FACULTY EMAIL ADDRESS:  none

FACULTY WEB PAGE ADDRESS:  www.park.edu/education

DATES OF THE TERM:  Aug 22-Oct 10

CLASS SESSIONS DAYS:  Mon

CLASS SESSION TIME:   5-9:30 pm

PREREQUISITE(S):  none

CREDIT HOURS:   3 hrs

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

 

VISION STATEMENT

Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

 

MISSION STATEMENT-SCHOOL FOR EDUCATION

The School for Education at Park University, an institution committed to diversity and best practice, prepares educators to be effective teachers, leaders in their communities, change agents in their schools, and advocates for learners. 

VISION STATEMENT-SCHOOL FOR EDUCATION

The School for Education at Park University is to be known as a leader in the preparation of educators who will address the needs, challenges, and possibilities of the 21st century.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:   An attempt to look at changing classroom demographics and the implications for the classroom teacher.  A wide variety of readings and activities will be used to introduce the teacher to the needs and culture of various groups.  

 

FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY:   I am passionate about education in general and about multicultural education in particular.  All children can learn given the right support and instruction.  It is the teacher’s responsibility to build in the respect and dignity that enable each student to feel empowered about their learning.  Teachers must be learners and learners are often teachers.  We must respect each other and learn together.  The diversity of the human family is what makes us complex and strong.  There is beauty in our diversity but it is worth the trying, although it is sometimes a challenge to be inclusive.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

1.  Students will become sensitive to the diversity among their students related to background and learning preferences. (MOSTEP 1.2.3; NBPTS 1,2,3)

2.  Students will learn to critically interrogate readings to help them formulate ideas and understandings and to assess information and situations. (MOSTEP 1.2.1; NBPTS 3,4)

3.  Students will develop understanding and appreciation for a non-majority group and will share information with the class.(MOSTEP 1.2.2, 1.1, 1.2.7; NBPTS 1, 3,4, 5)

4. Students will develop a comfort level in discussing differences.(MOSTEP 1.2.7 NBPTS 1,2)

5.  Students will explore ways education can impact issues of equity and justice.(MOSTEP 1.2.9; NBPTS 3,4)

6.  Students will explore ways schools can be more inviting to all students.(MOSTEP 1.2.9, 1.2.10; NBPTS 2,4)

7.  Students will develop/revise a curriculum they use in class to make it multicultural.(MOSTEP 1.2.4; NBPTS 2, 3)

 

COURSE TEXTBOOK(S):

REQUIRED:

Bridging Multicultural Worlds:  Case Studies of Diverse Education, by Taylor & Whittaker

White Privilege by Rothenberg

 

ACADEMIC HONESTY: “Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community.  Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.”

 

PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance.  Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences.  The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.  Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.  In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”.  An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.  Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.  Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

 

LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS:

Work is due on dates indicated.  10% of points will be deducted for each class period assignments are late.

 

COURSE ASSESSMENT:

STRATEGIES AND EVALUATION

1. This course will be conducted in seminar fashion with participation expected from everyone.  You are expected to be current on readings, willing to discuss and to take small group responsibility if requested.        10 pts

2. Each student will select a non-majority group at-risk in American education to research and write a 8-10 page paper (APA format). You will share the information with the class in an informal report.                   30 pts

3. You will select a unit from your classroom curriculum and develop it so it is multicultural in content, strategies,

             and expectations.  You will present a description of this curriculum to the class.                                   30 pts

4. You will keep a journal making an entry for each chapter you read, in which you will identify new things you have learned, questions that have grown out of the reading, differences you have with the reading, and discussion of possible uses of the information.                                                                                         20 pts

5. There will be a final reflection piece written for the last class in which you will define multicultural education and discuss what you learned, how you will use it, and what you still want to learn about this topic.   10 pts                                                                                  

 

 

 

CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT:

ECOMPANION is the computer companion for face-to-face classes.  I am trying to learn to use it.  It is my goal to use if for attendance, grades, adding necessary information (i.e. rubrics for assignments) and making announcements about class needs.  Please learn to use it and refer to it periodically.

 

EXPECTATIONS

1.      You are expected to be present each day, prepared to discuss.  If you must miss class please notify me ahead of time.

2.      No pagers, cell phones or other disruptive devices should be on during class.

3.      Honesty is expected. Plagiarism can result in an “F” in the class or removal from the program.

4.      Professional behavior is expected in the classroom.

5.      Work is due on time.

6.      Students with a disability documented and on-file in the Academic Support Center will receive appropriate consideration. 

  1. Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  Students must recognize though   that technology can also cause problems.  Printers run out of ink and hard drive crash.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.)
  2. I prefer hard copies of all work.

 

DISABILITY GUIDELINES: Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal.  It is Park University’s policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Additional information concerning Park University’s policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: www.park.edu/disability

 

COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGNMENTS:

This is a tentative schedule dependent on student needs.

Week

Date

Topics/Assignments

 

1

8/22

Course introduction, Background discussion

 

2

8/29

Taylor & Whittaker (TW) Chs. 1-5-background and case study method

Report research topic and multicultural lesson topic

3

9/5

Labor Day read White Privilege

 

4

9/12

TW 6 & 7-race, ethnicity, culture & language

 

5

9/19

TW 8 & 9-exceptionality & class

 

6

9/26

TW 10 & 11-gender & religion

Journal due

7

10/3

Research paper reports

Research paper due

8

10/10

Multicultural lesson reports & in-class reflection

Lesson due

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GRADING PLAN:  

 

Participation                         10 pts

Term Paper                           30 pts

Journal                                  20 pts

Curriculum                           30 pts

Final reflection                     10 pts

 

I use traditional grading 90%=A, 80%=B, 70%=C, 65%=D.  An "A" represents exceptional work, "B" represents outstanding work, "C" represents doing the expected.

 

I will keep student papers one term and then they will be destroyed.