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Field-based Studies in Teaching and Learning

The study of critical issues in urban education uses ethnographic research methods to study a wide range of educational subjects, from policy impact to classroom practice, from curriculum and pedagogy to the cultures of the children.

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The course includes a seminar on research methodologies, with a focus on ethnography; independent research projects in a local school setting; and directed case studies. It is open particularly to students in education, sociology, psychology, anthropology and cultural studies. Credit cannot be earned for EDUC 470 and EDUC 570.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
EDUC470 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: TBA

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: 1-3