EducationEDUC 182 Social and Political Contexts of Teachers’ Work

Explores the social, cultural, historical, and policy context of teachers' work in the United States. Examines the historical evolution and development of the teaching profession, explores contemporary images of teachers, analyzes demographics of the teaching workforce, and investigates the sources of teacher motivation, satisfaction and frustration. In particular, students examine student, cultural, media, teacher and policy representations of teachers and their work. Whenever possible, students will engage with what teachers' themselves say about their work, rather than relying on second-hand accounts with the aim of building a picture of the complexity of teachers' work. (Formerly American Teacher.)


Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior education or STEM minors, education, democracy and justice, science education, sociology, and critical race and ethnic studies majors, or by permission of instructor.




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