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ED 515 Sociological Factors Affecting Education
Fields, Barbara

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ED 515 Sociological Factors Affecting Education


U1P 2006 DL


Fields, Barbara A.


Adjunct Faculty


BA Education,  MA Educational Administration
EdSpec Educational Administration
Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction

Daytime Phone

816.741.5972     816.537.5680

Other Phone

81.741.4598     FAX: call first to turn on:  816.741.5972


Semester Dates

June 5, 2006-July 30, 2006

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


Justice, Ideology, Education:  An Introduction to the Social Foundations of Education.    Stevens, E.; Wood, G.H., & Sheehan, J.J.  ISBN: 0-07-061479-2.

Culture and Teaching.  Liston, D.P. & Zeichner, K.M.
ISBN:  0-8058-8051-8

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
As given by the instructor

Course Description:
This course is an opportunity to examine the changing sociological factors affecting American education. Problem solving approaches to these situations will be utilized.

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy includes the use of interactive discussion, reflection (both shared and individual), writing, and readings on the topics.  All students will be actively engaged regarding schooling, social justice, politics, and change.  Students learn in their own best modality.  Dedicated scholarship is required during this course.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze and evaluate different theoretical approaches to the sociology of education. (Relevant MO Step Standards 1.2.2,, 1.2.6, 1.2.9)
  2. Develop understandings of schools as social organizations, as wll as the complex interactions between schools and society. (Relevant MO Step Standards, 1.2.5,
  3. Develop the critical capacity to recognize, challenge, andtransform existing social conditions through education. (Relevant MO Step Standards 1.2.1,,
  4. Develop strategies for acting upon social factors affecting education through personal advocacy within their schools. (Relevant MO Step Standards,,,,

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Required reading of assignments and recording of reactions in the journal are required.  The assigned readings will serve as resources for presentations, synthesis, and projects.  While reading make note of the information given and the point of view of the writer.  Please use creative, higher order thinking.  You do not need to summarize the readings, but analyze and sythesize the information.  Make personal connections between the readings, books, and other students' thoughts and synthesizing.


An in-class presentation is part of this course; it is linked in some way to the reading.  The assigned readings, other students' presentations, and instructor/student writings will serve as resources for the students.  Read the writer's information with the author's point of view in mind.  Make connections between the texts and your OWN experiences.  Choose one area of the reading and delve into it deeper, introducing new information that is related to the assigned readings.

Review the reading assignments for each week; sign up to make a text-related presentation over the weekly reading.  Relate your work to the text.  Please do not sign up for a week that has already been taken.


Your journal is a review of your developing views regarding the sociological factors affecting education.  Record your thoughts on the readings before proceeding with other assignments and participating in class discussions.  The journal is a record of class participation.  Feel free to make additional entries in your journal.  Record insights, thoughts, answered, and unanswered questions/learnings/relearnings/unlearnings.  This is a dialogue between instructor and student; confidentiality will be maintained.


Two formal synthesis papers are assigned.  Each of these should be approximately 3 pages long with a resource page (APA), and abstract of approximately 50 words.  Expect to edit and receive help from the class.  The student posts his/her final synthesis, abstract, and references for the class.

Synthesis 1 should address JIE, Chapters 1-3, and Cases 1-3 from Culture.  Synthesis 2 should address JIE, 1-6, and chosen portion of Culture.

Each synthesis should include your own opinions and recommendations.  Cite with examples from the texts, Internet recources, and any other outside sources you may wish to use.  You may affirm the authors' work or contradict what the class has read.

Alternate Synthesis:
You may, using your own creativity, complete an alternate synthesis.  Submit a proposal to the instructor for approval.  In the proposal describe your idea.  This synthesis must still have a resource listing and abstract.  Again, the topic must be linked with the texts and discussions.  


The texts provide examples of teachers working to improve the field of education.  This activity provides students the opportunity to identify an educational issue in your own work setting and to research, study,and address that issue in depth.  The student is to find an area of the setting that poses barriers to student, teacher, parent, staff/faculty learning and growth and adddress that barrier with an action plan.  This is a personal plan and does not need to be formally referenced.  However, cite others' ideas and materials if utilized.  Think of ways to make an impact in the field.  This is an extremely important piece to the class.

Final Exam
A final exam with a proctor will be administered during the 8th week of class.  It will be a personal position question for the student to answer without notes or book.

There will not be an examination.  Grading is on a point system as follows.

Online participation/group activities,
  and discussions                          20
Journals                                    10
Presentation                                10
Final Exam                                  10
Advocacy Project                            35
Second Synthesis                            10
First Synthesis                             05
Course based on 100 points

90-100        A
80-89         B
70-79         C
60-69         D
Less than 60  F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All work is expected on the due date.  Prior arrangements can be made with the instructor in extreme cases.


Class Activities,



Meeting - 1,

Syllabus overview
Introductions, Sign-up for presentations,  Project

Journal over Reading, Read Week 2 material


Meeting - 2,

Group response

Journal week 3 readings, JIE Part 1, Culture Case 1


Meeting - 3,

Presentation, Project

Journal JIE, Part 2,  Culture Case 2--Submit Synthesis 1 draft for peer review


Meeting - 4,

Presentations, Project, Submit Synthesis 1

Journal  week 5 readings, JIE, Part 3,  Culture, Case 3


Meeting - 5,

Presentation, Project

Journal week 6 reading, JIE, Part 4,   Culture p55-82


Meeting - 6,

Presentation, Project, Synthesis 2

Journal JIE, Part 5
Culture, Final Argument and Suggestions, Submit Synthesis 2 for Peer Review


Meeting - 7,

Presentations, Project, Submit Synthesis 2

Journal, JIE Part 6


Meeting - 8,

Advocacy Project Presented, Journal Advocacy and Course Review



Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Graduate Catalog Page 20-22

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Graduate Catalog Page 20-22

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2005-2006 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24

Disability Guidelines:
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