EDUC 118 - Introduction to Education: Schooling and Multicultural Society
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Education (EDUC)
Department: School of Education
3 (Non-LSA credit).
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Other Course Info:
May not be repeated for credit.
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include the implications of our increasingly diverse population for schooling; principles of how humans learn; ways schools facilitate student achievement (or not); and the various meanings and values attached to literacy in our culture. In addition to readings and discussions, there will opportunities for hands-on experiences and interactions with K-12 students in schools.

We will examine representations of education in policy documents, popular culture, and scholarly work. Adopting an historical perspective, we will look at the origins of public schooling in the U.S., considering how the ideals upon which it was founded have (or have not) been realized and for whom. We will probe the different experience of schooling across racial, ethnic, class, and gender lines. We will interrogate theories of learning and their manifestations both inside and outside the classroom. Finally, we will consider the acquisition and practices of literacy in our society.

Textbook and Course Materials

  • Mondale, S. & Patton, B. (2001). School: The Story of American Public Education. Boston: Beacon Press. Available at Shaman Drum 311-315 South State Street, Ann Arbor, M I 48104, Tel. (734)662-7407
  • Coursepack available at Excel Test Preparation Coursepacks and Copies, 1117 South University, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 Tel (734) 996-1500
  • Additional Materials available on CTools


  • Weekly reflections 10%
  • Data Forms 15%
  • 2 Essays (including all drafts) 50%
  • Media Watch 5%
  • Participation 20%

Weekly Reflections

Each week you will reflect on representations of schooling in popular culture, considering the various cultural narratives these representations offer.

Data Forms:

In preparation for each of the two major essays you will collect information about schools and report your findings on required forms. These forms are available on CTools and should be submitted there on the indicated due date. The information you collect on these forms will be incorporated into the essays you write.

Two Essays

Two essays, the first 8-10 pages and the second 5-8 pages long, will be required. In preparation for these, you will write multiple drafts, incorporating new information from data sheets in each one. Each draft and the final essay must be turned in on the assigned date. Grades will be lowered for late papers.

Media Watch Once during the semester you will make an oral report on an educational issue represented in the media. You will display the media item to the class and explain its connection to issues being discussed in class.


Because learning is enhanced by dialogue, this course emphasizes discussion, and you will be expected to contribute regularly and constructively. Of course you cannot participate if you are not present, and you will be expected to attend class regularly. More than two absences will lower your grade.