ED 200 Syllabus (Winter 2021)

Foundations of Education

ED. 200
Winter Quarter 2021
Instructor: Dr. Dana Ulveland
Office: ED 227
e-mail: ulvelad@wou.edu

Office Hours and Meeting Times: By Arrangement


Course Description

Includes historical foundations of education; education policy and practice; the system alternatives to public education; legal rights and responsibilities of teachers and students; professional development of teachers; student pluralism (bilingual / multicultural, talented and gifted, handicapping conditions, disadvantages students); current issues and effective schools. Topics covered will provide novice educators with a broad picture of education and schooling in the United States, and a basis for informed decision-making regarding the complicated education environment. Through participation in this course, each student will evaluate his/her commitment to becoming a professional practitioner, prepared to be a reflective teacher who will be able to make informed decisions to improve and enhance the environment for children and youth.


Course Objectives

A. Understand the difference between schooling and education.
 This includes developing a familiarity with how students learn and how teachers teach.

B. Understand the foundations of education from an embodied perspective.

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

D. Get a better idea as to whether or not you think the teaching profession is for you.

E. Know what teachers really do and how they think.
 This includes becoming familiar with the language and concepts used in the teaching profession.

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

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

H. Develop and put into practice a study plan based on current educational research.


To see how these outcomes align with standards: OutcomesAlignmentED200


Required Evidence Showing That Objectives Have Been Met

Five Written  Responses (First = 25%; Second = 25%; Third = 25%; Fourth = 25% )

Each student is asked to work on a series of written reflective responses to questions provided. These are responses to the content and to questions we are exploring throughout the course. Not only do these reflective 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.

There will be 4 sets of reflective responses.

**** First Set of Responses Due Friday, January 15th  ****

**** Second Set of Responses Due Friday, February 5th  ****

**** Third Set of Responses Due Friday, February 26th  *****

**** Fourth Set of Responses Due Friday, March 19th  ****


Your success is my success. I want you to do well in this class. Please let me know if you are having difficulty or falling behind so that I can help you succeed.


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 (30< 59)
F (<30)



All readings will be made available to you. You will not need to buy a text book.


Tentative Topics:

History of schooling
Teaching Contracts
Teaching Methods
Media influence
Brain-based Learning
Gifted and Talented
Learning Disabilities
School and Classroom Cultures
Assessment of Student Learning
Establishing the Classroom Climate
Working With Your Students’ Families
School Governance and Funding
Working with Colleagues and Parents
Working With Your Students’ Families
School Governance and Funding
Working with Colleagues and Parents
Working With Your Students’ Families
Ethics of Teaching
School Governance and Funding



Tentative Course Schedule


Week 1: January 4 – January 8

*** Click below on Week One: Part 1 to get to the first lecture***

Week One: Part 1


The Incomplete Narrative

The Hegemony of Vision


Week One: Part 2

Sensing Bodies

Our many senses

Two different perspectives (Objective and Lived) Bike examples

Week 2: January 11 – January 15

Week Two: Part 1

Touching Bodies

Bodily Experiences

Cinnamon Buns

Neurons and Learning

Week Two: Part 2

Biological Bodies

Grasping Neurons

Kids Gone Wild

Junkyard Playgrounds

**** First Set of Responses (Questions 1-15) Due Friday January 15th   **** 


Week 3: January 19 – January 22

Week Three: Part 1

Graded Bodies

Week Three: Part 2

Timed Bodies

Week 4: January 25 – January 29

Week Four: Part 1


Week Four: Part 2

Factory Bodies


Week 5: February 1 – February 5

Week Five: Part 1

Efficient Bodies

Week Five: Part 2

Curricular Bodies

**** Second Set of Responses Due Friday February 5th  ****


Week 6: February 8 – February 12

Week Six: Part 1

Contextual Bodies

Week Six: Part 2

Rationalized Bodies

Week 7: February 15 – February 19

Week Seven: Part 1

Educated Bodies

Week Seven: Part 2 

Contextual Bodies


Week 8: February 22 – February 26


Week Eight: Part 1

Community Bodies

Week Eight: Part 2

Task-Switching Bodies

**** Third Set of Responses Due Friday February 26th  *****

Week 9: March 1 – March 5

Week Nine: Part 1

Potential Bodies

Week Nine: Part 2

EDA survey

Week 10: March 8 – March 12

Week Ten: Part 1


**** Fourth Set of Responses  Due Friday March 19th  ****

Week 11: March 15

Week Eleven: Final Lecture

Final Summary Lecture




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.

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.

Student Absence Notification System

In the case of an unplanned, extenuating circumstance (e.g. physical/mental health matters, death of a loved one, legal obligations/jury duty, etc.) that will keep you from attending class, you may submit a student absence notification request form at: www.wou.edu/advising/absence. This form allows the Student Success and Advising office to relay the information regarding your absence to faculty members in a timely manner. The notification sent to your faculty will serve as a courtesy notice and does not excuse your absence. It will still be your responsibility to communicate with your faculty members to discuss any work missed during your absence. Information submitted through the Student Absence Notification System must be truthful in accordance with the Student Code of Responsibility.

Scholastic Honesty

It is important in university that you do your own work. When you do borrow ideas from others, it is important that you give them credit. We call this Scholastic Honesty. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating on tests and plagiarism. I trust you will always do your own work.

Wolf Connection System

If I think your performance in this class is placing you at academic risk, I may referred you to Jesse Poole, Western’s Student Success Specialist. Jesse will offer to work with you to address issues and develop a student success strategy. Regardless of whether a referral has or has not been made, you are ultimately responsible for tracking your own progress in this course. If you would like to meet with Jesse regarding any academic struggles you are experiencing, please contact the Academic Advising and Learning Center at 503-838-8428.


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