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COURSE TITLE: Socio-cultural Influences in Junior/Senior High School
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 2 (hrs lect 2 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course examines the impact of contemporary culture on the adolescent educational experience. Utilizing a collaborative pedagogy, the course will challenge students to investigate how Canadian culture shapes school structure and the teaching/learning experience as well as its influence on adolescent self-perceptions and their views of others. The course examines issues such as ethnic, linguistic, socio-economic and religious diversity, gender, class, sexual orientation, home school interactions, and adolescent popular culture. Finally, the course encourages participants to consider how teachers might create a community of learners out of a diverse group of adolescent students.

Prerequisites: EDUC 320 or 330
REQUIRED TEXTS: There is no single, prescribed text for this course. Required reading will be from a collection of articles, websites, videos, and blogs. Most of these readings will be posted as links and documents on the Moodlesite.
Exit Slips20%
Moodle Forum Discussion Assignments25%
Class Presentation35%
Reflective Assignment20%
  • examine the impact of Canadian culture on school structure;
  • gain understanding into how Canadian culture impacts adolescents as students;
  • explore how they can integrate their new understanding into their teaching; and
  • develop strategies to create a community of learners out of a diverse group of adolescent students.
COURSE OUTLINE: Class 1: Course Introduction and Expectations, Course organization, project selections; presentation dates.

Class 2: Guest Presentation, Learning Activity, Project Need to Knows, Project Research

Classes 3‐8: Sessions are divided between a) student‐led presentations, b) learning activities and c) instructor‐led wrap up.
  • Students have a choice between individual or group presentations on a topic of their choice. Presentations will address the course objectives and include class discussion.
  • Instructor will build on the student presentation, add information, and ensure that the topic is related to classroom teaching.

Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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