ETAP 512: Teachers in Context
Fall, 2009
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{Note: Reading assignments for each week are listed by author's last name. ER refers to electronic reserve. Refer to the list of course readings for more information about accessing ERES and for full bibliographic information.}

Week 1
September 3
Introduction to Course
What is a Teacher?
Week 2
September 10
Examining Assumptions about Teachers and Teaching
Cultural and Popular Representations of Teachers
Letters to the Class due (Wednesday, Sept. 9th)
Readings: Chapters 1-2 in Grant & Murray, Teaching in America; Baldacci, “The Kids are All Right but the Teachers are Wrecks” (ER); Moore, “Classroom Distinctions”; (ER) Fried, “Abd Al-Maalik, High School History Teacher” (ER); Michie, “Look at Your Hands” (ER).
Week 3
September 17

Identifying the Contexts of Teaching
Understanding What It Means to be a Teacher
Readings: Haycock & Crawford, “Closing the Teacher Quality Gap” (ER); chapters 3-4 in Grant & Murray, Teaching in America.

Week 4
September 24

Historical Perspectives on Teaching and Teachers
Roundtable discussions
Readings: Lortie, “The Hand of History” (ER); Orfield, "Policy & Equity" (ER); Patri, “A Schoolmaster of the Great City” (ER); chapters 5 and 6 in Grant & Murray, Teaching in America.

Week 5
October 1

The Social Contexts of Teaching: Relationships
Introduction to Reflective Practice
Draft of Teacher Profile due
Readings: chapters 1-3 in Reagan, et al., Becoming a Reflective Educator; Kozol, “Reaching Out to Get to Know the Parents of Our Children” (ER); Merten, “Transitions and Trouble: Rites of Passage for Suburban Girls” (ER).

Week 6
October 8

The Social Contexts of Teaching: Race, Gender, Ethnicity
Revised version of Teacher Profile due
Roundtable discussions
Readings: Chapman, “Gender Bias in Education”; Katz, “Teaching in Tensions”; Wills, “Some People Even Died” (all on ER).

Week 7
October 15

The Cultural Contextx of Teaching
Roundtable discussions
Readings: Delpit, “Hello, Grandfather” (ER); Starnes, “What We Don’t Know Can Hurt Them: White Teachers, Indian Children” (ER); Thompson, “Why Do African-American Students Need a Culturally Relevant Education?” (ER).

Week 8
October 22

The Institutional Contexts of Teaching
Roundtable discussions
Readings: McNeil, “Forest Hills HS”; Postman & Weingartner, "The Medium is the Message"; Postman & Weingartner, "New Teachers" (ER).

Week 9
October 29

Political and Ideological Contexts of Teaching
Group project interim reports due
Roundtable discussions
Readings: chapters 6-9 in Grant & Murray, Teaching in America; Rees, “Frederick Taylor in the Classroom” (ER); Slouka, “When Math and Science Rule School” (ER); Wolk, “Why Go To School?” (ER)

Week 10
November 5

Social Class, Schooling, and Teaching
Roundtable discussions
Readings: Anyon, “Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work” (ER); Berliner, “Our Impoverished View of Education Reform” (ER); Finn, “A Distinctly Un-American Idea” (ER); Gorski, “The Myth of the Culture of Poverty” (ER).

Week 11
November 12

Critical Perspectives on Teaching and Teachers
Roundtable discussions
Readings: Darling-Hammond, “Creating Excellent and Equitable Schools” (ER); Freire, “The Banking Concept of Education” (ER); Giroux, “Teachers as Intellectuals” (ER); chapter 8 in Grant & Murray, Teaching in America..

Week 12
November 19

Group presentations
Readings: chapters 4, 5, 6, and 8 in Reagan, et al., Becoming a Reflective Educator; chapter 9 in Grant & Murray, Teaching in America..

Week 13
November 26

No Class (holiday)

Week 14
December 3

Last class meeting
Group Presentations

Friday, December 7

Final reflective essay due