The American High School

Historically one of the few universally experienced institutions in the U.S., the American high school has been an essential rite of passage for youth and an essential building block of democracy.

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Students in this course will study the historical origins of the high school and examine its roles in the economy, culture, and the lives of youth. Using field study of an urban high school (15 hours of observation required for undergraduates), students will analyze the contemporary high school and debate about its future. Credit cannot be earned for EDUC 330 and EDUC 530.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
EDUC330 Linda McNeil Blended 6-8:59 p.m. Monday, August 21, 2017

Instructor: Linda McNeil

Dr. McNeil is a leading figure in national school reform and the author of "Contradictions of Control: School Structure and School Knowledge" (1986), and "Contradictions of School Reform: The Educational Cost of Standardized Testing" (2000). Her writings analyze the tension between educational excellence and the increasing standardization of education in the U.S. Her research and work in urban school reform center on the policies and organizational factors shaping teaching and learning. She has taught at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and was a visiting scholar at the Stanford University School of Education. She has been vice president of the Curriculum Studies Division of the American Education Research Association and editor of the Social and Institutional Analysis section of the "American Educational Research Journal." She is founding director of the Rice University Center for Education. Her research encompasses curriculum theory, urban schools, school organization and assessment, and educational policy, with a special focus on equity and the education of historically underserved youth.

Term: Fall 2017

Start Date: Aug. 21, 2017

End Date: Dec. 01, 2017

Schedule: 6-8:59 p.m.

Length: Wednesdays

Location: Rice campus

Fee: Rice Tuition

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Credit Hours: 3