Course description. This course introduces and explores the basic dimensions of curriculum theory, policy, and practice as these interact, affect, and are influenced by the social context and the school setting. The course engages with current pedagogical, theoretical, legislative, and field-based issues relevant to curriculum renewal from a school administrative perspective.
Course description. An overview of educational budgeting practices and issues, with a primary emphasis on school sites. The course includes an introduction to the planning, cost-effectiveness, and resource allocation issues that arise in the educational budgeting process.
Course description. This course provides an overview of theory and methods for the evaluation of educational programs. The relationship of evaluation to program planning is also a major theme of the course. The course will provide students with knowledge regarding approaches, models, techniques, and methods of program evaluation. Students will develop skills in identifying critical features of program evaluation and apply this 2 knowledge to educational programs from the perspective of an evaluator, educator, and decision-maker/stakeholder.
Course description. The purpose of this course is to explore policy and practices that influence the experiences of teachers and children, while locating educational politics in larger social contexts. The policymaking process at the federal, state and local levels will be reviewed and discussed. The discussion will be extended to the context in which policy development takes place and the individuals and interest groups that intervene in the policy process.
The course will also address the approaches to policy analysis and policy evaluation, and the role of accountability and evaluation in the policy formulation process. Students will learn to use appropriate multiple indicators and analytical frameworks for documenting, measuring, and evaluating changes in educational policy and practice.
Course description. This course is an introduction to qualitative inquiry and research methodologies. Students will be introduced to the distinctive assumptions, questions, varieties, and characteristic procedures for collecting, analyzing, and representing qualitative data. Through reading, fieldwork, and discussion, students will understand qualitative methods for educational theory and practice. During the first segment of the course, students will experiment with qualitative research design.