EDUC 231 Perspectives on Education
This course introduces students to foundational perspectives (anthropological, historical, philosophical, psychological, and sociological) on education and helps students apply these perspectives to contemporary schools and classrooms. The course considers several large questions: What should be the purpose of education in a democratic society? What should be the role of the school? Who should participate in making decisions about schools? In what ways do schools reflect and perpetuate larger social inequities, and, alternately, how can they contribute to a more just and inclusive society? Students must complete at least thirty hours of fieldwork.
EDUC 235 Teaching in the Sciences
We all possess an innate curiosity about the natural world, especially during childhood. This course explores the excitement and challenges of teaching sciences in the traditional classroom setting and experientially through lab and outdoor experiences. Through readings, conversation, research, writing, practice, and field placement in local schools, students approach the teaching of science as visionaries whose classrooms are ones of imagination, curiosity, investigation, and skepticism. A thirty-hour field placement in a local school is required. Recommended background: math or science majors preferred. A previous education class is recommended.
EDUC 242 Race and Justice in American Education
This course considers how racial identity, class, culture, and privilege intersect with education systems and structures to shape students’ schooling experiences and academic outcomes. Through readings, discussion, projects, and fieldwork, students explore several questions: What are race and racism, and how do they matter to education? How has the U.S. tradition of racially segregated and unequal schooling played out historically? What are the effects of that legacy for children and for society today? And how do schools currently work to address opportunity gaps? Topics covered include bilingual education, tracking, and access to higher education. A thirty-hour field experience is required. Recommended background: EDUC 231.
EDUC 255 Adolescent Literacy
This course examines various perspectives on and issues in adolescent literacy in today’s middle and high schools, focusing primarily on critical sociocultural frameworks for the study of current practices and beliefs. Topics include not only what we mean by literacy, but also how youths today make meaning within various discourse communities and contexts. Topics include multiple literacies, literacy across the curriculum, the influence of complex technologies, diverse learners, and current policies and paradigms influencing instruction. This course interweaves theory with practice through a required thirty-hour field placement in a local middle or high school. Recommended background: EDUC 231.
EDUC 263 Comparative and International Education
This course explores education across international contexts. Students reflect on similarities and differences in educational systems around the world, and understand that institutional practices reflect social, cultural, and national ideologies. Students evaluate educational systems against international standards and outcomes, and consider relationships among schooling, society, and development. Topics include global aims, policies, and outcomes; learning environments and pedagogies; and issues of equity across class, gender, race, ethnicity, and dis/ability. Additionally, students engage in research on an educational system of one country from among a selection of choices representing different regions of the world. Recommended background: EDUC 231.
EDUC 265 Teaching through the Arts
In this course students explore interdisciplinary approaches to integrating the arts into all subjects in schools. Students consider methods and models of utilizing the arts in educational settings as well as theories of creativity. Class sessions include large- and small-group work, participatory experiences, lectures, group discussions, and student-led activities and presentations. A thirty-hour field placement in a local school is required. Recommended background: EDUC 231.
EDUC 274 Educational Psychology
Students explore the contributions of psychological science to the study and practice of education and learn how education provides a unique context for psychological science research. How can developmental psychology theories apply to education? What does research say about effective and ineffective ways to support motivation? What role does motivation play in learning? What are the applications of developmental and cognitive psychology for learning and instruction? How can empirical research in psychological science be used to debunk popular myths? What are the challenges in translating psychological research to educational practice? A thirty-hour field placement experience is required. Prerequisite(s): EDUC 231 or PSYC 101.
EDUC 290 Internship in Education
In this course, students engage in immersive, yearlong internships in the field of education. Internships occur in local schools and organizations and feature close collaboration between community partners, the college’s education department, the Bates Center for Purposeful Work, and the Harward Center for Community Partnerships. Internships are offered in a range of subfields including but not limited to educational policy, leadership, administration, after-school programming, nonprofit management, advocacy and activism, research, higher education administration, and early childhood education. Recommended background: EDUC 231. *F-1 visa holders are not eligible for this course.
EDUC 343 Learning and Teaching: Theories and Practice
Students explore teaching with an emphasis on reflective practice. They consider various theories and research on instructional design, culturally responsive teaching, learning, and educational philosophy. This knowledge serves as a basis for critically examining curriculum, classroom practice, and the roles of teachers and students in today’s schools. Students apply what they learn by creating a mini-curriculum unit and teaching a lesson in a local classroom. The teaching fulfills part of the required thirty-hour field experience for the course. Recommended background: EDUC 231 and 362.
EDUC 360 Independent Study
EDUC 362 Basic Concepts in Special Education
Students learn the legal requirements (IDEA, ADA) for providing special services to, and the characteristics of, students who need additional support to learn. They explore a variety of strategies and modifications teachers can use to help students with various learning differences, styles, and abilities succeed in the mainstream classroom. They critically examine how differences in students’ gender, cultural, socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds affect the quality of the education they receive. A thirty-hour field experience is required. Because this course is required for certification as a teacher in Maine, it is also required for Bates students pursuing the minor in Teacher Education. Recommended background: EDUC 231.
EDUC 365 Special Topics
A course or seminar offered from time to time and reserved for a special topic selected by the department.
EDUC 378 Ethnographic Approaches to Education
This course provides an introduction to fieldwork for those planning to conduct qualitative research for a thesis in the social sciences. Ethnography focuses on the daily lives and meaning-making processes of people who associate regularly in local networks, institutions, or communities. Ethnographers observe, interview, and participate in the routine activities of the people they study. They also explore the connections between locally situated activity and broader realms of symbolic meaning and social organization. This course introduces students to interpretive methods with which to examine the webs of meaning that give shape to educational spaces. Through active engagement in empirical research in educational settings across the Lewiston-Auburn community, students grapple with theoretical assumptions, procedures, and standards of quality in ethnographic research. A thirty-hour field experience is required.
EDUC 379 Understanding Migration to Maine
In this course, students learn about lesson plan design and place-based, project-oriented approaches to teaching contemporary social issues utilizing local migration as a fund of knowledge for the classroom. Since the turn of the twentieth-first century, Maine has welcomed thousands of new Americans. Why did these new residents leave their nations of origin or choose to make Maine their home? What are their lives like now? Students explore these questions through readings, discussion- oriented seminars, and community-engaged learning; they guide Maine youth to do the same by producing lesson plans honoring recent immigrants’ struggles and accomplishments. Recommended background: EDUC 231.
EDUC 380 Education, Reform, and Politics
The United States has experienced more than three centuries of growth and change in the organization of public education. This course examines 1) contemporary reform issues and political processes in relation to school, research, legal, policymaking, and student/family constituencies and 2) how educational policy is formulated and implemented. The study of these areas emphasizes public K-12 education but includes postsecondary education. Examples of specific educational policy arenas include school choice (e.g., charter schools, magnet schools, and vouchers), school funding, standards and accountability, and college access. A thirty-hour field experience is required. Prerequisite(s): EDUC 231.
EDUC 384 Education in a Globalized World
We live in an era characterized by global flows of ideas and information, commodities, and people. In this course students examine the impacts of globalization on education policy and practice. Students explore how these transformative forces influence schools and schooling in different geographical, national, and cultural contexts. Topics address a set of concerns with enduring resonance to the field of educational studies, including social inequity and change; relations of power; and constructions of race, gender, and social class. A thirty-hour field experience is required.
EDUC 390 Discipline, Race, and Schooling
French philosopher Michel Foucault said that schools “serve the same social functions as prisons and mental institutions: to define, classify, control, and regulate people.” We have all spent enough time in schools to understand this sentiment viscerally. Yet, depending on race and other ascribed social identity categories, we have experienced the disciplining potential of schools in starkly different terms. In this course, students examine racial disproportionality in rates of exclusionary discipline and ask how the more recent shift toward restorative approaches impacts black and brown students. Recommended background: EDUC 231.
EDUC 447 Curriculum and Methods
In this course students expand and further develop the concepts and skills needed to understand curriculum design and teaching methodologies in their subject area. The course is integrated with the seminar (EDUC 448, taken concurrently), allowing students to plan, develop, teach, and evaluate their own curriculum units. At the same time, students also reflect on questions in curriculum and instruction, such as: How can teachers work within the context of mandated standards to create their own curriculum? What are the central goals of curriculum and instruction in schools? How might assessment and evaluation be developed and implemented in ways that support and respond to all learners? What strategies and methods best match certain subject areas to enhance meaningful learning? Prerequisite(s): EDUC 231, 362 and 460.
EDUC 448 Senior Seminar in Teacher Education: Reflection and Engagement
The seminar supports students as they reflect upon and engage with their experiences as teachers. Students refine their own philosophies of education and build on these philosophies to plan and teach classes in their placement. The seminar provides opportunities to critically and creatively reflect on, develop, and refine effective practices, and addresses essential questions such as: What does good teaching look like? How do I plan lessons to ensure the engagement and success of all students? Why is it important to be a reflective practitioner? Candidates complete a state-mandated portfolio that demonstrates an understanding of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions expected of those entering the teaching profession. Prerequisite(s): EDUC 231, 362, and 460.
EDUC 450 Seminar in Educational Studies
In this capstone course students explore the question: What is the purpose of education? Course assignments and class discussion allow students to reflect upon and synthesize material introduced in previous education courses, courses in related fields, and their field experiences. Students produce and present a culminating collaborative project. This course does not have a required field work component. Prerequisite(s): EDUC 231 and three additional courses in education. Open to seniors only.
EDUC 460 Student Teaching I
EDUC 460 is an intensive field experience in secondary education. Students begin by observing a cooperating teacher in their academic field, spending one or two class periods each day in a middle or high school. Through a carefully scaffolded experience, students begin developing and teaching lessons and units. They are guided and supported by their cooperating teachers and a Bates faculty supervisor. Students meet for seminar sessions at Bates to address conceptual methods and models of teaching and instructional design. Students begin to move toward proficiency in four areas of practice: curriculum, instruction, and assessment; classroom management, interactions, and relationships; diversity, equity, and inclusion; time management and organizational skills. Prerequisite(s): EDUC 231 and 362. Course includes a 60 hour field placement.
EDUC 461 Student Teaching II
This course continues and deepens the student teaching experience begun in EDUC 460. Students spend full school days (M-F) in a local middle or high school, taking responsibility for planning and teaching at least three courses in partnership with their cooperating teacher. Students meet with, and are observed and supported by their cooperating teacher and Bates faculty supervisor. Integrated into curriculum and methods (447) and the Bates seminar (448), students spend extensive time planning and teaching lessons and units. Prerequisite(s): EDUC 231, 362, and 460.
EDUC S19 Theory and Practice of Writing and Tutoring
This course explores the intersection of thinking, learning, and writing, and in particular, the teaching and tutoring of writing. Students receive the training and background necessary to engage students as writers, and to partner with faculty in the teaching of writing. Students explore writing across the curriculum (WAC), rhetoric and composition, writing center theory, peer-led learning, assignment design, active learning, and critical thinking. The course incorporates both seminar and practicum elements: students discuss readings drawn from the literature on writing centers and WAC, and apply the content of the course by supporting high school student writers in a thirty-hour field experience.
EDUC S21 Interdisciplinary curriculum and methods
In this course, we will examine the various approaches to interdisciplinary curriculum and instruction utilized in k-12 schools such as: concept-based education, expeditionary learning, STEM, arts integration, humanities, and creativity education. In addition to critically examining a variety of interdisciplinary models, students will apply what they learn by designing curricular components that utilize works from the permanent collection at the Bates Museum of Art in partnership with the Curator of Education and local teachers.
EDUC S26 Qualitative Methods of Education Research
Policymakers and practitioners often rely upon rich descriptive data to inform their understandings of schools and students. This sort of ethnographic, qualitative research typically involves observation and interviewing. This course introduces students to these methods, exploring the fundamentals of research design, data collection, and data analysis. Students consider questions concerning validity, positionality, and the ethics of qualitative research. Working in partnership with a local school or organization, students carry out a community-engaged qualitative research project, articulating research design, conducting observations and interviews, analyzing data, and presenting results. A thirty-hour field experience is required.
EDUC S27 Literacy in the Community
The field of “new literacy studies” calls into question the traditional emphasis upon discrete reading and writing skills. In an expanded definition scholars place literacy within anthropological and cross-cultural frameworks that consider reading and writing practices within families, communities, and cultures. This course introduces students to the literature of new literacy studies and educational anthropology in conjunction with a thirty-hour service-learning placement in the Lewiston area. The course also offers an introduction to English Language Learning pedagogy. Students are asked to investigate the impact culturally informed knowledge and experience have upon the literacy practices of those community members with whom they work closely.
EDUC S29 Tour, Teach, Perform
This course uses the diverse collective skills of the students in the class as base material for the creation of a theater or dance piece that tours to elementary schools. The first two weeks are spent working intensively with a guest artist to create the performance piece. The remaining weeks are spent touring that piece, along with age-appropriate movement workshops, to elementary schools throughout the region. This course is open to performers and would-be performers of all kinds. This course may be repeated for credit.
EDUC S32 (Don’t) Say Gay: LGBTQIA+ Education in the United States
In April 2022, Florida became the first state in over twenty years to prohibit the teaching of LGBTQIA+ inclusive curricula in schools. Since then, similar bans have been put in place or are expected to follow in Ohio, Tennessee, Kansas, and Indiana. These newcomers join a coterie of states with preexisting restrictions including Texas and Mississippi. By contrast, Connecticut, Nevada, New Jersey, Illinois, Oregon, and Colorado have introduced and in some cases mandated LGBTQIA+-affirming curricula. In this course, students explore the divisive politics of teaching about queer identity, history, and experience in K-12 schools. They familiarize themselves with research on the impact of gender- and sexuality-conscious policy and practice on American youth. The course has a required field placement component in which LGBTQIA+-affirming pedagogy is practiced. Students are expected to develop and demonstrate competency in evidence-based, best practices in working with queer youth.
EDUC S50 Independent Study
FYS 300 Exploring Education through Narratives
In this seminar, stories, once the primary way knowledge passed from one generation to another, are the basis for examining educational topics and issues. Students read fictional, biographical, autobiographical, and other narratives to learn more about some aspect of education and/or schooling. Topics may include students’ experiences in school; teachers and teaching; public and private education; and how race, class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, or other markers of identity shape educational opportunity. Students conduct fieldwork.
FYS 440 Roots of Nonviolence
How does an ancient text urging a distraught warrior into battle spark a nonviolent resistance movement spanning continents and centuries? This text, the Bhagavad-Gita, inspired Thoreau at Walden Pond and Gandhi as a practical guide for daily living. Thoreau’s essay “Civil Disobedience” influenced Gandhi’s satyagraha movement and both men’s lives and writings fueled Martin Luther King Jr.’s nonviolent struggle for civil rights. This seminar explores the legacy of these potent texts and powerful leaders and implications for moral life, democratic politics, and transformative social change.
FYS 460 Environmentalism, Social Justice, and Education
It is widely believed that the environmental movement and the social justice movement are closely connected. Many of the same forces that lead to environmental degradation are also the root causes of social injustice. This course encourages students to debate emphatically and write persuasively about these connections as they are revealed locally in the Lewiston-Auburn area (including field research in the local community); nationally in cities like Flint, Michigan, and the fracking fields of eastern Ohio; and globally by considering the eco-militants of the oil-rich Niger River Delta in Africa.
FYS 510 Creativity: Theory and Practice
What is creativity? Can people learn to be more creative? How do scholars study creativity and the creative process? In this course, students explore the answers to these questions through reading scholarly works from the interdisciplinary field of creativity studies. They examine cultural conceptions of creativity and the conditions that facilitate creative outcomes across disciplines. Together and individually, students practice developing the research-based attributes, skills, and habits associated with developing personal creativity.