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Fall 2012

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EDF100 - Introduction to Education
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Provides knowledge, understanding, and skill related to the interactions taking place in the classroom and within the school system from the perspective of the paraprofessional. Focuses on managing records and materials, attending to the needs of students, assisting in the development of instructional materials and experiences, assisting in instructional work, and current issues related to the operation of schools. Students complete a guided field observation under the supervision of a certified teacher.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Based upon objective course examinations, class discussions, presentations, activities, and written assignments, upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1.Explain orally and/or in writing the organization of U.S. school system and their function in American society, historically and currently.

2.Distinguish among the roles and responsibilities of the teacher and the paraeducators, including the state and federal laws and regulations and expectations of a paraeducator in a K-12 environment.

3.Describe the nature of the teaching/learning interaction, including a basic understanding of the stages of child and adolescent development and learning as well as developmentally and age-appropriate instructional strategies.

4.Critically reflect upon the importance of respect for diversity in learning styles, culture, religion, gender, and/or sexual orientation of students.

5.Identify and current issues in U.S. education and how they apply to the K-12 classroom

6.Recognize the ethical and legal issue related to the learning environment, as well as the professional standards of conduct

7.Engage in extensive written reflection of their field observation experiences and assist the classroom teacher with:
a.Organizing and managing the classroom
b.Assessing student needs
c.Interpreting and applying lesson plans
d.Providing individual and group instruction
e.Evaluating student learning
f.Working with special needs or exceptional students
g.Attention to student's physical needs
h.Managing the classroom and student behavior
i.Record keeping
j.Identifying and reporting suspected child abuse
k.Performance of other duties as required

8.Write a minimum 4-5 page research paper on a topic related to (Educating Students in Contemporary American Society) that includes:
a.Locating a minimum of one current educational empirical research article using the Genesee Community College on-line databases
b.Reading, interpreting, and evaluating that research
c.An awareness that educational research has practical implications for effective classroom interaction
d.Writing a report in accordance with professional standards as determined by the instructor (APA/MLA)*

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the College's Comprehensive Assessment Plan. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data (see Assessing Student Learning Outcomes form) and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Assessment and Special Projects.

Content Outline:
I.The Evolution of Public Education in the U.S.

II.Contemporary Issues in American Education

III.Roles and Responsibilities of the Paraeducator

IV.State and Federal Laws and Regulations Impacting the Paraeducator

V.Ethical and Professional Standards and Responsibilities

VI.Child and Adolescent Development and Learning

VII.Respect for Diversity

VIII.Assisting the Classroom Teaching

IX.Classroom Management

X.Behavior Management

XI.Assessment

XII.Instructional Strategies to Improve Student Learning

XIII.Guided Field Observation



Effective Term: Spring 2005