2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Language, Literature, and the Schools

Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Lester Krupp education, writing

Fields of Study: education, literature and writing

Winter: CRN (Credit) Level 20307 (8) So - Sr; 20308 (12) So - Sr  

Spring: Enrollment Accepting New Students  CRN (Credit) Level 30258 (8) So - Sr; 30259 (12) So - Sr  Signature Required Faculty signature required for all students who wish to enter in the spring. Please contact faculty early for signature approval process.  

Credits: 8, 12(W); 8, 12(S)

Class Standing: Sophomore - Senior

Offered During: Evening and Weekend


As external pressures on schools increase—through such forces as standardized testing and public accountability—many people concerned about education would argue that we have lost sight both of the active learning of the individual student and of the social conditions in which our school systems exist.

This program will explore the question: In what ways can an understanding of language, learning, and creativity clarify our vision of the education of children? Focusing primarily on language and the literary arts, this program will examine the psychological, social, and philosophical foundations of language development; the teaching of writing within constructivist pedagogy; literature and literary theory as they relate to all levels of elementary and secondary education; and the historical tensions between philosophy of education and educational practice in the past century. Students will also participate in weekly writing groups as one way to observe closely the interaction between language, writing, and learning.

In spring quarter, we will draw together these strands in studying the current political struggles between traditional and constructivist education, with particular attention to the teaching of writing and literature in the schools and to arts education in general. In addition, students will conduct classroom observations (in elementary or secondary classrooms) and/or significant reading-research projects on topics in language, literature, the arts, and public education.

The 12-credit option will enable students to meet specific requirements for Washington State teacher certification. Students may earn the additional four credits in any of the following areas: children’s literature, adolescent literature, multicultural literature, or language skills/structure. (Please note that only 2-3 choices will be available each quarter.) Students will earn these credits through participating in a weekly small-group seminar and completing significant independent work in coordination with the curriculum of the 8-credit core of the program.

Maximum Enrollment: 20

Advertised Schedule: 6-10p Wed, 9:30a-5p Sat (winter: Jan. 8, 22, Feb. 5, 19, Mar. 5; spring: Apr. 2, 9, 30, May 14, 28) 12-credit students also meet 6-10p Mon starting week 2. Note: For all students, the first class session in spring will be Wed, Mar. 30.

Required Fees: Spring: $20 for photocopied readings plus $12.50 for performance of Alice Walker at the Washington Center = $32.50 total

Preparatory for studies or careers in: teaching, child development, and writing.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: No Required Online Learning

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