ED515 Sociological Factors Affecting Education

for F2P 2011

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ED 515 Sociological Factors AffectingEducation


F2P 2011 DL


Fields, Barbara Ann


Adjunct Professor


PhD Curriculum and Instruction
MA and Educational Specialist, Educational Administration
BA Education

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Semester Dates

October 17-December 11, 2011

Class Days


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Credit Hours



Required Texts:

Taking Sides Book Cover

Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Educational Issues

Authors: James Noll
ISBN: 0078049970
Edition: 16th

Liston Text

Culture and Teaching

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

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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Course Description:
ED 515 Sociological Factors Affecting Education:This course provides 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 is one of  dedicated reading, discussion, group and individual research and interaction.  Students are expected to do all of the work in the online class in a timely manner.  A project and final examination weigh heavily on the final grade with quality work as the expectation.

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:

Class Assessment:

READINGS: Required reading of assignments and recording of reactions in through discussion postings and weekly activity. 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 synthesize the information. Make personal connections between the readings, books, and other students' thoughts and synthesizing.
**Special Note: Online courses run Sunday midnight through Sunday midnight. Read the instructions carefully on all assignment. It is not uncommon for faculty to require the first discussion posting to be Tuesdays or Wednesdays to promote class interaction.

PROJECT: 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 additur 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 multiple choice.



30 6 weeks discussion at 5 pts per week
40 8 weeks activity at 5 pts per week
5 Week 5 Project at 5 pts
5 Week 6 Project at 5 pts
10 Week 7 Project at 10 pts
40 Week 8 Final copy of Project due at 40 pt
40 Week 8 Required Proctored Final
170 points total for the course

Grade Scale

153 to 170 points earn an A
136 to 152 points earn a B
119 to 135 points earn a C
102 to 118 points earn a D

Discussion Grading Rubric

Assessment Area Point Value Explanation
Number and Frequency of Post 1 Post at least one original idea and on at least one other student's work.
Content 3 The posted comments were substantive. It is particularly helpful to use specific examples and experiences to illustrate your point.
Form 1 Proper spelling, grammar, punctuation, word choice and sentence structure.
Total 5 Try and edit your postings. Please be reminded spell check is available and you can correct any mistakes may have made.


Activity Grading Rubric

Assessment Area Point Value Explanation

Number and Frequency of Post

**If the Activity is a Discussion Posting***


1pt --Post at least one original idea and on at least one other student's work.

**If the Activity is a Discussion Posting***

Content 3 The posted comments were substantive. It is particularly helpful to use specific examples and experiences to illustrate your point.


1 pt if activity is discussion posting

2pt is activity is a report

1 or 2

1pt Proper spelling, grammar, punctuation, word choice and sentence structure.

**If the Activity is a Discussion Posting***

2pt Proper spelling, grammar, punctuation, word choice and sentence structure.

**If the Activity is a Report.****

Total 5 Try and edit your postings. Please be reminded spell check is available and you can correct any mistakes may have made.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All work is expected at the times listed in the online class.  If problems occur, please contact the instructor immediately.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are to post accurate and informative information.  It is acceptable, of course, to disagree with another student.  This should be accomplished in a respectful manner.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Please also see Grading above.

Schedule of Topics

Week 1 Education & Social Experiences
Week 2 Multiculturalism & Curriculum
Week 3 Reform and Drop-Outs
Week 4 Citizenship, Education, & Politics
Week 5 Equal Opportunities & Educational Plans
Week 6 Testing & Education of Boys
Week 7 Special Needs & Educational Plans
Week 8 Social Project, Review Course

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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 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21


Plagiarism is 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 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21

Attendance Policy:

Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a courserelated question, or using any of the learning management system tools.Park University 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 25

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