2012-13 Catalog

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Offering Description

Student-Originated Studies: You Can't Handle The Truth


Fall 2012, Winter 2013 and Spring 2013 quarters

Yvonne Peterson education, Native American studies, political science , Gary Peterson social work
Fields of Study
Native American studies, history, law and government policy and writing
Preparatory for studies or careers in
education (including early childhood education), social sciences, the arts, multicultural studies, social work, human services, counseling, and the humanities.

This program is for learners who would like to learn how to do research in a learner-centered environment. There will be an emphasis on Indian Child Welfare, Indian education, and the history of education (specifically how early child education has developed in the United States).

Through each learner's area of interest, we will look at a variety of cultural and historical perspectives. Work will be concentrated in cultural studies, human resource development, early childhood education issues/themes and ethnographic studies to include historical and political implications of encounters, and cross-cultural communication. We shall explore Native American perspectives and look at issues that are particularly relevant to Indigenous people of the Americas.

Faculty and learners together will work to develop habits of worthwhile community interaction in the context of the education process and social justice.  We are interested in providing an environment of collaboration where faculty and learners will identify topics of mutual interest and act as partners in the exploration of those topics. 

In the fall, participants will state research questions for 2 topics to be covered during the three quarters.  During the first weeks of fall quarter ongoing workshops will allow participants to learn the skills for completing their projects. In late fall and winter, individually and in small study groups, learners will develop the historical background for their chosen questions and do the integrative review of the literature and data collection. 

Depending on their individual projects, learners will develop, use and explore some of the following areas: NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Education, Bloom's Taxonomy; the theory of multiple intelligence; curriculum development, assessment and instruction and Choice Theory; Paul’s Elements of Critical Thinking, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Expectations of an Evergreen graduate and the Five Foci; quantitative reasoning; self- and group-motivation; and communication (to include dialogue, e-mail, resources on the Web and our moodle site). 

Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning
Greener Store
Required Fees
Spring $100 to attend a conference.
Internship Possibilities
Spring: with faculty approval.
Offered During
Day and Weekend

Program Revisions

Date Revision
May 9th, 2012 New program added.