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Foundations: The Influence of Culture and Politics on Literacy Theory and Practice

This course examines the ways in which historical, philosophical, cultural, and political trends have impacted research and pedagogy in the field of literacy (reading, writing, and language arts). Students explore how literacy theory and practice have been influenced by changing visions of teaching and learning; standards and assessment; the roles of special education and the education of English language learners; the appropriate nature of home, school, and community relationships; and the needs of the workforce. Students will be expected to use various forms of media and transitional research to deepen their understanding of these issues and become more critical readers of research studies and popular reports.