Foundations Courses Spring 2015 !

Some new, some old ...

ED 510B: A/r/tography:Arts-based Educational Research

What does it mean to approach educational research through the multiple lenses of artist, researcher, and teacher? How might creativity and living inquiry inform educational research? This course examines arts-based educational research as an innovative strand of qualitative research methodologies. Students will develop skills in comprehending and critically evaluationg a/r/tographic research, contrast this approach to inquiry with others in the field of education, and develop their own a/r/tographic research project. -- Meets requirements of any ED510, R 7:20-10:00, Kerri Mesner.

ED 502B: Rethinking Gender & Sexuality Education in an (Alter) Global World

How and where do people learn about gender and sexuality around the world, and how do global and transnational social movements and politics impact upon these experiences? What educational institutions (family, religious institutions, schools, health organizations, media and other public curriculum agencies) influence and affect how people learn about themselves and others as gendered and sexualized beings? In what ways do pedagogies of gender and sexuality, both formal and informal, require the acquisition of ignorance as well as knowledge? How do transnational agencies interact with these experiences? Is it possible to design a “positive impact” on the ways that youth and their allies learn about themselves and others as gendered and sexualized beings? This course tries to answer these questions. Students learn about social and philosophical theories that can be used to think about these questions, and design their own educational projects as educational agents themselves. --Meets requirements of any ED502, R, 4:30-7:10, Peter Appelbaum.

ED 677: Seeking Equity in Connected Learning & Teaching

This course will explore a range of ideas related to a framework of design and learning principles called Connected Learning, and support all participants in designing their own Connected Learning environment/opportunity for others based on these principles. Connected Learning is an approach that sees learning as interest-driven, peer supported, and oriented toward powerful outcomes for youth. It also encourages a production-centered approach in openly network environments within communities of shared purpose. This course then, with a specific emphasis on equity, has been explicitly designed to support participants in exploring connected learning by engaging in a range of connected practices themselves as learner-teachers, both on and offline. This course is open to classroom educators and non-classroom educators alike. Online (with local face-to-face options), Christina Cantrill.

Encore offerings of Foundations courses for Spring 2015:

Foundations of Education at Arcadia -- Innovative, in and out of school!

Most master’s programs at Arcadia require at least two of our “foundations courses,” numbered ED501 – ED510, or 517, 625, 677 or 691. Some certifications, programs and concentrations require specific courses, while others encourage students to select appropriate foundations courses in consultation with their adviser. Foundations courses are often excellent choices as electives as well. Foundations courses:


  • Establish Educational Studies as a disciplinary and trans-disciplinary framework for intellectual inquiry, self-examination, and the construction of a broad, professional perspective on practice.
  • Are applicable to any and all programs in the School of Education, and focus on broad, general issues and questions that are relevant to all possible professional contexts.
They are interpretive, requiring analysis of the (historical, philosophical, cultural, political) context of all objects of study.
They are normative, requiring the understanding of the value orientations and standpoints of all constituencies, present and hidden, for any object of study.
They are critical, requiring the analysis of assumptions both overt and hidden, and the identification of contradictions and inconsistencies among the standpoints and assumptions, and the structures of practice and policy.

Who should I speak with if I have a question about Foundations Courses?

Peter Appelbaum, your Director of Disciplinary & Transdisciplinary Programs in the Department of Curriculum, Cultures, and Child/Youth Studies at Arcadia.