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ED100-52 INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION

When I do not know myself, I cannot know who my students are. I will see them     through a glass darkly, in the shadows of my unexamined life—and when I cannot see them clearly, I cannot teach them well.  —Parker J. Palmer (1998)

The emphasis of ED100 is on the teacher as a self-reflective practitioner. The course presents an introduction to critical issues in education including the person as a teacher, criteria for effective teaching, and effective school settings. Class and individual field experiences in local schools are included. ED100 is a prerequisite for admission to teacher education.


Class meeting time: Thursday: 8:00-10:40

Location: Dolan East (DE) 138


Required Texts:

William Ayers (2010) To Teach: The Journey, in Comics.  New York : Teachers College Press.

Alan S. Canestrari, Bruce A. Marlowe (2012) Educational foundations : an anthology of critical readings. 3rd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.


ED100 Course Goals

  • Provide an overview of education as a field of study
  • Provide an overview of JCU Teacher Education Program
  • Self-assess personal, professional career goals

ED100 Learning Outcomes

  • Personal Philosophy of Education – Through reflection, analysis and synthesis of research, blog entries, course readings, and discussions, write an essay expressing your beliefs about education.
  • CourseBlog –  Maintain a weblog to further your reflective and analytical abilities in the context of the field of education.
  • FieldBlog – Following each classroom visit to observe learning activities with children, document your experiences and observations in a written FieldBlog.
  • Clinical Teaching Experience –  With your collaborative group, plan and engage the class in a learning experience.


Lisa Sugar, Field Placement Coordinator

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