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The purpose of EDUC 360 is to provide students with opportunities to develop their understanding of the philosophical, historical, and sociological foundations of American education in a structured and logical manner. Students should be able to reflect on and associate recognized philosophical approaches to education, the history of American education, and the sociocultural changes in American society with characteristics of today’s schools and with current educational issues. Students should also develop sufficient understanding and appreciation of the foundations of American education (beliefs, philosophies, theories, history, social context, etc.) to begin to form sound personal philosophies and beliefs to guide their actions in the educational arena.

Course Objectives:

EDUC 300 - Foundations of American Education gives undergraduate students a basic understanding of the complex social institution of American education; it also gives students in teacher education a basic introduction to their profession. When the course is completed, students should be able to:

  • identify some of the philosophical bases of American education and relate this to the present conditions and issues in education.
  • identify some of the traditional and contemporary educational theories and their origins.
  • demonstrate a knowledge of key events in American educational history and explain how those events have influenced current educational practices.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the origins and roles of public schools in America.
  • relate school and educational practices to the philosophical, historical, social, and political contexts at local, state, and national levels.
  • explain the human relationships and interactions which take place in schools in terms of the institutional and cultural determinants of schooling practices.
  • describe the present conditions and issues in American education as they relate to: support and control of educational practices, legal matters, teaching opportunities and conditions, effective schools and teachers, assessment and accountability in education, future demographic and social changes, international relationships and interdependencies, and advancements in technology.