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Sociology of Education (Reform Emphasis)
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Martinez, Matthew. 2014. “Sociology of Education (Reform Emphasis)”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, November. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


This course is designed to survey current topics in the Sociology of Education while emphasizing options for education reform and public policy implications of current research. During the course students are required to develop a policy memorandum focusing on a K-12 or post-secondary topic of their choosing. Students will also be required to develop...

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College 300
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Usage Notes

This syllabus should be used for courses with a strong emphasis on education policies and reform. Also, this syllabus may be modified easily to replace the active learning component with the needs of the schools within the community.

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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. Gain a broad overview of issues in K-12 and post-secondary education.
  2. Learn to think critically about education policies and how they are affected by and affect stratification order especially concerning race and socioeconomic status.

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Develop a policy memorandum discussing researched ideas for education reform. Students will choose to focus on K-12 or post-secondary education policies.
  2. In preparing to be critically engaged thinkers, students will critique classmates’ policy memos. They will be assigned two policy memos to read and provide critical analyses on.

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