ED515 Social Factors Affecting Educ

for U1P 2008

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ED 515 Social Factors Affecting Educ


U1P 2008 DL


Franklin, Anne


Associate Professor



Office Location

Virtual Office

Office Hours

Virtual Office Hours ANYTIME!

Daytime Phone

Please contact me in the OFFICE area or by email this summer!



Semester Dates

U1P 2008

Class Days


Class Time

Online Class

Credit Hours



Required Texts


Liston, D.P. & Zeichner, K.M. (1996). Culture and teaching. Mahwah, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.


Stevens, E., Wood, G.H., & Sheehan, J.J.  (2002).  Justice, ideology, education:  An introduction to the social foundations of education.  Boston:  McGraw Hill.




Please note the hanging indent format of the two texts above.  This is an example of APA format for References!

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Additional Resources:
Students will also need the most current edition of the American Psychological Association Publication Manual (APA). 

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Course Description:
An opportunity to examine the changing sociological factors affecting American education. Problem solving appraches to these situations will be utilized.

Educational Philosophy:
I think of myself as a true constructivist, believing that each learner must interact with or "construct" new information for themselves before real learning can take place.  I also believe there are often many diverse paths leading to the same agreed upon understanding.   

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:

  • Reading
  • Text-Related Presentation 
  • Journals
  • Synthesis or Alternative Synthesis
  • Advocacy Project


Grading Criteria for each listed item:

  • Reading

It is important to read the assignments and to record your reactions to the reading in your journal before beginning work on other assignments or participating in class discussions.  The assigned readings will serve as resources for your presentations and synthesis and advocacy projects.  Read for information and the writer’s point of view.  It will become your responsibility to analyze and synthesize (NOT summarize!) the assigned reading in your journal before the class for which the reading is assigned.  Strive to overtly “make connections” between the two texts.

  • Text-Related Presentation 

In addition you will make an in-class presentation which is “linked” in some way to the assigned reading.  Creativity is encouraged!  The assigned readings will serve as resources for your presentations.  Read for information and the writer’s point of view.  It is your responsibility to first summarize, then analyze and synthesize  the assigned reading.  Strive to overtly “make connections” between the two texts and your own experiences.  Then feel  free to "go off on a tangent"  by concentrating on one aspect of the reading by delving deeper and introducing new information which is some way related to the reading. 

Please review the reading assignments for each week then sign up to make a text-related presentation over the weekly reading.  Choose to link your presentation to either the Liston or the Stevens text assignments for the designated week.  Please note that the Stevens text has multiple chapters in each PartPlease avoid signing up for presentations over text material already "spoken for" by another of your colleagues until each reading has be addressed once.

  • Journals

Your journal will become a running account of your developing views about sociological factors affecting education.  An informal writing style is appropriate and expected.

In this course journal writing is first intended as an advanced organizer.  It is important to record your reactions to the assigned reading in your journal before beginning other assignments.  Reflect, then record your thoughts and questions about the reading assignment before participating in class discussions.

Journals will also be used to house reflections about in-class activities.  Your journal will become a tangible record of class participation.  Please feel free to make additional entries in your journal at any time to record insights, answered or unanswered questions, or personal issues.  Your journal is an appropriate context for dialogue between student and professor.  Confidentiality will be maintained by the professor.

  • Synthesis or Alternative Synthesis

Two formally written synthesis papers are assigned.  In the Random House dictionary synthesis is defined as "a complex whole, formed by combining."  Each of the synthesis papers should be three or more typed or word-processed, double-spaced pages plus references and a short abstract.  You should formally identify the source and location of each of the ideas you include in your synthesis using formal APA style in your references and in the body of your paper.  The fifth edition of the APA manual is the most current.  Writing as a process, as taught in freshman English courses, will be a useful approach.  Expect to write multiple drafts!  Some class time and peer assistance will be used for editing.  You will post your synthesis, including abstract and references for each member of our class.

The first synthesis should address and begin to synthesize information and issues presented in Parts One through Three of the Stevens, Wood, & Cheehan textbook and Cases One through Three from the Liston & Zeichner text.  The second synthesis should include Parts One through Six of Stevens, Wood, & Cheehan textbook and any chosen selections from the Liston & Zeichner text.

Each synthesis should conclude with your own opinions and/or recommendations.  Substantiate your conclusions with your choice of citings from the Stevens, Wood, & Cheehan and Liston & Zeichner textbooks or outside sources, which may affirm or contradict the information presented in the Stevens, Wood, & Cheehan and Liston & Zeichner texts.  Please feel free to use Internet resources.

Or alternatively, you may demonstrate your synthesis of the information through other means than the formally written synthesis papers.  Once again, creativity is encouraged!  For an alternative synthesis, submit your Proposal, describing your idea and how it may synthesize the information from the texts, on the synthesis draft deadline after having your peers review and comment upon it.  You will still need to participate in the peer editing of your classmates’ formal writing during the draft peer editing classes.  Your proposal will be revised to become a short Abstract which describes your alternative synthesis and overtly describes the “links” to the texts.  Include the texts and any other outside sources in the References for your independent project proposal, cited in APA format.  You will present your alternative synthesis and post your abstract and references.

  • Advocacy Project

Our texts provide examples of teachers working to address issues within their schools.  The advocacy project for this course invites you to identify an educational concern within your own work or life setting and to research that issue.  The purpose of the advocacy project is to explore conditions within your school or community that pose barriers to effective educational opportunities for an individual student, a group of students, families, teachers, etc., and to develop a plan of action to impact the situation.  This is a personal project, informal in style and does not need to be formally referenced.  However, in each instance, you should be able to identify the original source (authors, educators, philosophers, etc.) of influence over your ideas.  (See academic honesty section.)

Course Grading Scales

Letter Grade Total Percentage Points
A 90 - 100% 
B 80 - 89%  
C 70 - 79%
D 60 - 69% 
F Less than 60%


Class Activity Percentage of Total Points
Online Participation in Group Activities & Discussions 40%
Journals   14%
Text-linked Presentation 15%
First Synthesis 5%
Second Synthesis 10%
Advocacy Project 16%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will be accepted in extenuating circumstances IF you contact the instructor BEFORE the work will be late!  However, no late work will be accepted after Week Seven of the course.


Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Due to the compacted online format, expectations will be rigorous.  Reading, critical reflection, formal and informal writing, class activities, and discussion are required.  Each student will be responsible for presenting and actively participating in class discussions and activities comparing individual approaches to the assigned projects and readings.  Online participation is essential! 

Students are responsible for conforming to Park's Online Course Policies. Click on the link below and thoroughly read each policy.  You may want to print them for your reference throughout the course.

Online Course Policies

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course Topics / Dates /Assignments

Week Topics / Assignments
Week 1

*Syllabus Overview & Self Check
*Sign Up for Presentation
*Group Activity
*Advocacy Project
*Journal Week 2 Reading

Week 2

*Presentations & Group Activity over:
Stevens, Wood, & Cheehan, 
     Part 1
Liston & Zeichner, Case #1
*Advocacy Project
*Journal Week 3 Reading

Week 3

*Presentations & Group Activity over:
Stevens, Wood, & Cheehan, 
     Part 2
Liston & Zeichner, Case #2
*Advocacy Project
*Journal Week 4 Reading
*Submit 1st Synthesis Draft for Peer Editing

Week 4

*Presentations & Group Activity over:
Stevens, Wood, & Cheehan, 
     Part 3
Liston & Zeichner, Case #3
*Advocacy Project
*Journal Week 5 Reading
*Submit 1st Synthesis

Week 5

*Presentations & Group Activity over:
Stevens, Wood, & Cheehan, 
     Part 4
Liston & Zeichner, Public Arguments (p. 55-82)
*Advocacy Project
*Journal Week 6 Reading

Week 6

*Presentations & Group Activity over:
Stevens, Wood, & Cheehan, 
     Part 5
Liston & Zeichner, Final Argument & Suggestions
*Advocacy Project
*Journal Week 7 Reading
*Submit 2nd Synthesis Draft for Peer Editing

Week 7

*Presentations & Group Activity over:
Stevens, Wood, & Cheehan, 
     Part 6
*Advocacy Project
*Submit 2nd Synthesis

Week 8 *Advocacy Project Presented
*Journal Advocacy and Course Overview 

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 2007-2008 Graduate Catalog Page 24-26


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 2007-2008 Graduate Catalog Page 24-26

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 in excess of four (4) class periods, in a 16-week semester (or 2, in an 8-week term) will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Dean, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified by mail that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2007-2008 Graduate Catalog Page 28
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.  PLEASE NOTE:  Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation.  Participation grades will be assigned by each individual instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

For more details on Park University on page 100 of the Park University Undergraduate Catalog or page 14 of the Park University Graduate Catalog.

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 .


This material is protected by copyright and can not be reused without the permission of Dr. Anne Franklin.

Last Updated:5/12/2008 1:02:09 PM