Fall 2011 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Simons, Kara
Discipline and Number
HUED 5300 Section 501
M Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
The Interdisciplinary Teaching of the Arts and Humanities in the Secondary School

Description of Course:

Weaving practical methods, techniques, and best practices with educational research and theory, this course explores the process involved in teaching an interdisciplinary class in the Humanities. While theory and research will be an important component of our study, emphasis will continually be placed upon its practical and daily implications in the classroom.

Students will interact with a variety of disciplines existing within the Arts and Humanities, and will seek out ways in which the introduction of these various disciplines into classroom experiences will strengthen both current and future teaching. Throughout these studies, students will have opportunities to focus their learning on techniques and ideas that are applicable to individual situations and interests.

Additionally, students will study and interact with the M.A.T. casebook requirements, gaining both understanding and experience as they prepare for the casebook requirement of their M.A.T. studies. This process will benefit both M.A.T. and non-M.A.T. students.

Required Texts:

Sporre, Dennis J. Perceiving the Arts: An Introduction to the Humanities. 8th, 9th, or 10th edition

Marzano, Robert J., Debra J. Pickering, and Jane E. Pollock. Classroom Instruction that Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

As is true of any authentic study, the active and vigorous exchange of ideas is required for optimal growth in this course. Therefore, each student is expected to be present, prepared, punctual, and actively engaged in each class. All projects, assignments, and presentations need to be completed on schedule.

The following items will be evaluated for completion and proficiency:

1. Class Attendance, Participation, and Preparation 10%
2. Introduction and Personal Goals 5%
3. Research Proposal 15%
4. Sporre Chapter Study 20%
5. Art Movement Mini-Lesson 10%
6. Mock-Casebook 30%
7. Self Evaluation 10%

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