ED515 Sociological Factors Affecting Education

for F2P 2009

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ED 515 Sociological Factors AffectingEducation


F2P 2009 DL


Fields, Barbara A.T.


Assist Prof/SFE Coordinator MAT Program


PhD Curriculum and Instruction, EdSpec & MA  Ed Admin
BA Education

Office Location

Watson Literacy Center Room 330A

Office Hours

Mondays  10:00-3:00;  Tuesdays 10:00-1:00  Any by appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone




Semester Dates

October 19, 2009-December 11,2009

Class Days

Distance Learning

Class Time

Distance Learning

Credit Hours



Taking Sides--Clashing Views on Educational Issues.  James William Noll.  15th Edition.  McGraw Hill.  ISBN:  
Culture and Teaching.  Daniel P. Liston and Kenneth M. Zeichner.  Lawrence Ehrbaum Associates.  ISBN:
Suggested use:  APA Style Manual.  6th Edition.

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Sites indicated in the online course.

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Course Description:
ED 515 Sociological Factors Affecting Education: An opportunity to examine the changing sociological factors affecting American education. Problem solving approaches to these situations will be utilized.

Educational Philosophy:

The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of student interaction with each other, the professor, and the materials on the sociological factors affecting the educational world tody.  The classroom is expected to be a place of cooperation and encouragement. 
Students are expected to complete all assignments to the best of their ability in a timely manner.    In the eight week format, there isn't time to lag behind for even a few days.   Personal opinions  and synthesizing of the material is encouraged and will be respectfully accepted, whether the expressed thoughts agree with the facilitator's or not.  
All work is to that of the enrolled student.  However, use of technology to enhance the classroom readings is encouraged. 

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze and evaluate different theoretical approaches to the sociology of education.
  2. Develop understandings of schools as social organizations, as well as the complex interactions between schools and society.
  3. Develop the critical capacity to recognize, challenge, and transform existing social conditions through education.
  4. Develop strategies for acting upon social factors affecting education through personal advocacy within their schools.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

There will be a rubic for each of the following.
Final Examination


There will 170 points possible in the class.
Discussion=35 Points
Activity=35 Points
Project 60 Points
Final Examination=40=170 Points in all
153-170   A
134-152   B
119-133   C

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All coursework is expected on the date due in the online shell.  In some cases exceptions can be made, but must be discussed with the facilitator prior to the due date of the particular assignment.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are to display friendliness and encouragement toward others in the classroom.  If students disagree, and some of our topics are of a sensitive nature, courtesy must always be shown.
Students are to enter the class every week and finish assignments weekly. 
If a student has a special need, that information should be given the facilitator the first week of class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

All course topics are listed in the class shell.
The project is a topic chosen by the student.
Students are encouraged to post any educational news they hear.
Week 1  School as a Social Experience, Hispanic Family
Week 2  Teachers' Opinions, Standards
Week 3  Multiculturalism/High School Reform/drop-outs
Week 4  Obama Educational Plan, Citizenship
Week 5  Impact of Brown. Obama Educational Plan, Part 2
Week 6  High Stakes Testing, Crisis for Boys
Week 7  Project, Special Education, Inclusion
Week 8  Final project work, Final examintation

Academic Honesty:
As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 31


Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct.  Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 31-32

Attendance Policy:

Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences for two successive weeks, without approved excuse, will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Executive Director for the Graduate School, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 35

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 Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case 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: http://www.park.edu/disability .


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