COURSE CODE: JBTE/EDSF 101/201
COURSE TITLE: Introduction to the Social and Cultural Foundations of Education
DURATION: 45 hours
PRE-REQUISITES: Programme Matriculation
This introductory course examines philosophical, historical, social and cultural perspectives that impact educational policies and practices. The course aims at providing teachers with the knowledge, skills and techniques necessary for them to reflect on issues that have practical import in the classroom and school system. It therefore seeks to provide students with a critical understanding of:
1. the nature and philosophical underpinnings of education
2. the development of Caribbean education systems
3. the impact of contemporary issues in society on education
4. major determinants of academic achievement
The course will:
1. Critically examine major theoretical assumptions about the role of education in society.
2. Assist students in creating a plan of instruction to demonstrate the utilization of knowledge of the social and cultural context of education in the Caribbean.
3. Assist students in creating an awareness of how to demonstrate and display appropriate pedagogical methods to actively engage their students in addressing issues affecting Caribbean society and education systems.
4. Assist students in demonstrating appreciation for the social and cultural foundations of Caribbean education by evaluating how these factors affect teachers’ classroom practices.
5. Enhance students’ learning of ways of effectively engaging all stakeholders in the education process.