eMAT ED 615 Syllabus (Fall 2019)

eMAT ED 615 Critical Inquiry Into The Foundational Narratives of Schooling

Fall Session 2019

Instructor: Dr. Dana Ulveland

Office: ED 227

e-mail: ulvelad@wou.edu


Office Hours:

By arrangement


Course Description

This course examines the foundational narratives that give meaning to the modern school experience. Historical, philosophical and societal narratives of schooling are analyzed in an attempt to better understand not only the workings of the American school system but also our lived experience as learners and teachers within the public school. Prerequisite: admission to M.A.T. : Initial Licensure Program


Course Objectives

A. Understand the difference between schooling and education by analyzing the differing narratives that substantiate the different endeavors.
 This includes developing a familiarity with how students learn and how teachers teach.

B. Understand the educational endeavor from your own perspective.

C. Understand how your own personal narratives can impact the classroom climate and the school community.

D. Become familiar with the language and concepts used in the teaching profession.

E. Have some understanding of historical, sociological, and philosophical influences on current educational practices.

F. Have a better idea as to how schools are influenced by equity issues (social, gender, cultural, economic, racial and ethnic differences) and language domains.



Required Evidence Showing That Objectives Have Been Met


There will be two ten-minute presentations.

Each Presentation will account for 35 percent of the final course grade.


Take-Home Final Exam

The take-home final exam will consist of of questions related to the content we have been exploring throughout the course. Not only will our responses consider the content at hand, but they help us consider how our responses to, and understanding of, the content might inform our own future teaching.

The Final Exam will account for 30 percent of the final course grade.


Final Grade Assignment

A (96 →100)

A- (91 → 95)

B+ (86 → 90)

B (81→ 85)

B- (76 → 80)

C+ (71 → 75)

C (65 → 70)

C- (60 → 64)

D (< 59)



The Book of Learning and Forgetting, by Frank Smith, Teachers College Press, 1998

This book is available at the WOU bookstore or easily purchased online.

Other readings provided in class and online.


Tentative Course Schedule

 Click on the “Week One Session One” text below to access the lecture notes for Week 1 🙂

Week One Session One (Tuesday, October 1st) 


Schooling vs Education

Values and Wisdom


Week Two Session Two (Tuesday, October 8th)

Language and Reality. (Really?)

Please try to read Part 1 pages vii – 39 in your Smith book.

Week Three Session Three (Tuesday, October 15th)


John Taylor Gatto

Week Four Session Four (Saturday, October 19th)

Please try to read pages 43 – 72 in your Smith book.

******** Presentation One In Class***********

Week Five Session Five (Tuesday, October 22nd)

Thinking Outside The Box

Please try to read pages 73 – 102 in your Smith book.

Week Six Session Six (Tuesday, October 29th)

Frank Gilbreth

Frederick Winslow Taylor



Week Seven Session Seven (Tuesday, November 5th)

The Deficit Model

Programmatic instruction and just plain programming

Metaphors and categorization


Week Eight Session Eight (Tuesday, November 12th)

** Final Project Given**

Philosophy Statement

Week Nine On-Campus Session Nine (Wednesday, November 20) 

Another Stab at a Philosophy

Week Ten Session Ten (Saturday, November 23rd)

******** Presentation Two In Class***********

Week Eleven Final Responses Due (December 10th)


Accommodations: Students with documented disabilities are entitled under the law to reasonable accommodations. If you have a disability and need accommodations, you should also contact the Office of Disability Services at 503-838-8250.


Respect: In this class, the expectation is of mutual respect. Western Oregon University is an inclusive community that celebrates diversity and strives to reflect the diversity of our pluralistic society in our faculty, staff and students. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, class, linguistic background, religion, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, or physical ability. In this class the goal is to establish an environment that values and nurtures individual and group differences and encourages engagement and interaction. Understanding and respecting multiple experiences and perspectives will serve to challenge and stimulate all of us to learn about others, about the larger world and about ourselves. By promoting diversity and intellectual exchange, we will not only mirror society as it is, but also model society as it should and can be.


DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS: If you have a documented disability that may require assistance, you will need to contact the Office of Disabilities Services (ODS) for coordination in your academic accommodations. The ODS is located in the Academic Programs and Support Center (APSC) Suite 405. The phone/TTY is (503) 838-8250.

Military Service Statement: Veterans and active duty military personnel with special circumstances are welcome and encouraged to communicate these, in advance if possible, to the instructor.


Student Success Specialist: Students in this class may be referred to the WOU Student Success Specialist (SSS) if the instructor determines their performance in the class is placing them at academic risk. The SSS will offer to work with referred students to address issues and develop a student success strategy. Irrespective of whether a referral has or has not been made, you are ultimately responsible for tracking your own progress in this course.


WOU Writing Center: If you feel you need additional assistance with your writing, I encourage you to take advantage of the writing center. Help is available. For further information go to: www.wou.edu/writingcenter.



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