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Principles and Problems in Elementary and Early Childhood Education

This course is designed to enable teachers to expand and deepen their understanding of the social, political, and economic forces that influence the work of educators and the lives of children and their families in this country. The course includes an historical overview of the aims and purposes of early childhood and elementary education in the United States, the presentation of selected social policy issues, and visits to various schools to examine the relationship between theory and practice and differing approaches to education. Course content, readings, assignments, school visits, and class discussions help teachers to consider critically their own values and to approach decision making, an integral part of teaching, with greater clarity and confidence.