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Course SummaryThis Foundations of Education Syllabus Resource & Lesson Plans course is a fully developed resource to help you teach education basics. You can easily adapt the video lessons, transcripts, and quizzes to take full advantage of the comprehensive and engaging material we offer. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.
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You can use this foundations of education course as a template for designing and implementing your course. Here are the key components of the course and how you can use them:
- Chapters - Each chapter covers a unit of education foundations, from the history of education in the United States, including a look at the pioneers of education, to philosophies of education and the impact of psychology on education. Use these chapters as mile markers as you map out your course. We recommend planning to spend a week on each chapter, but you can always allocate the chapters according to the length of your specific foundations of education course.
- Lessons - Within each chapter are video lessons that further break down topics into bite-sized chunks. These lessons cover single topics like the Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas court case, or the role of religion in early American schools. Each one is often appropriate for a single class.
- Key Terms - Within each lesson are key terms. These are emphasized on screen and in the transcript. As you develop your syllabus, these key terms help you focus on the most important learning objectives. For example, the lesson on gender equality in education includes key terms like Title IX, gender and STEM.
As you work on your foundations of education lesson plans, save time by incorporating video lessons from this resource. Here's how:
- Introduce Topics - Your students will be in the right mindset for understanding topics like school desegregation if you begin class with a short video. It can be a jumping-off point for a lecture, group activity or class discussion.
- Break Up Lectures - The video format, which often includes animation, helps students visualize topics like the theories of Maria Montessori and the guidelines that must be followed to qualify for special education.
- Assign For Homework - Each lesson in the course, from education in colonial America to professional organizations for educators, can be assigned to your students as homework.
Each video lesson includes a complete transcript. You can utilize these transcripts in several ways:
- Lecture Notes - Do you need a guide as you plan a lecture, such as one on the Old Deluder Satan Act of 1647 or current standardized testing practices? The transcripts cover each topic in depth, with key terms highlighted for quick reference.
- Student Reading - Perhaps you'd like your students to learn about Alfred Binet, but you don't have class time available. Assign the transcript as extra reading.
- Study Tools - When it's time for a unit exam on education philosophies, you can point your students to the transcripts on behaviorism, humanism, Jeffersonianism and related topics to help them study.
Each video lesson has a corresponding quiz. Here's how to use the quizzes:
- Homework - Assign a quiz to your students as homework. You'll receive an email with the results, which enables you to verify they've completed the assignment and that they've understood the material. Questions cover everything from understanding the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to key facts, like the ideas of John Dewey.
- Tests - You can meld the material in the quizzes into your own student assessments, saving you valuable time. Need a few questions on education legislation? There are plenty!
- Discussions - Jump-start a discussion with questions like: What are the arguments for and against No Child Left Behind?
Below is a sketch of the foundations of education syllabus modeled on an 8-week course. This sample can be adapted based on your course schedule. Navigate the chapters and lessons for more detail.
|Week||Unit||Sample of Topics Covered|
|Week 1||History of Education in the United States||Colonial American education, the 14th Amendment's effect on education, today's U.S. public schools|
|Week 2||Pioneers of Education||The work and ideas of notable educators, including Mary MacLeod Bethune, John Dewey, Maria Montessori, Noah Webster|
|Week 3||Psychology's Impact on Education||Intelligence testing, the theories of Erik Erikson, Piaget's stages of cognitive development|
|Week 4||Major Philosophies of Education||Constructivism, critical theory, pragmatism, perennialism|
|Week 5||Education Court Cases, Legislation, and Federal Documents||Brown v. the Board of Education, Education for All Handicapped Children Act, the Morrill Land Grant Acts, Title IX|
|Week 6||School and System Governance||Roles of local, state and national government and education|
|Week 7||Special and Inclusive Education||Individualized Education Plans, qualifying for special education programs, tiered Response to Intervention models, gender inequality|
|Week 8||National Professional Organizations in Education||National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers, field-specific organizations|
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