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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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This course will study the historical origins of the high school; examine its roles in the economy, our culture, and the lives of youth. We will examine the contemporary high school and debates about its future, through the field of study of an urban high school (20 hours of observation required for graduates). Required for certification unless EDUC 501 is substituted. Additional assignments are required. Credit cannot be earned for EDUC 530 and EDUC 330.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
EDUC530 Linda McNeil On-campus 6-8:59 p.m. Monday, August 21, 2017
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FORMAT: On-campus
SCHEDULE: 6-8:59 p.m.
START DATE: Aug. 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

Note: This course is part of the Education Department. To learn more and apply for one of the programs offered, visit http://education.rice.edu/.

Credit Hours: 3