Fall 2023
EDU T418
September 5 - December 5
Tuesday 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM, Thursday 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM, Thursday 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
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Education in Uncertainty


This course is an action-oriented introduction to theory and practice toward socially just education that enables all young people to thrive in settings of uncertainty. As a learning community, we will: (1) Investigate the theoretical foundations of education in uncertainty; (2) Analyze experiences of teachers and students in diverse settings of uncertainty including conflict, migration, and inequality; and (3) Learn how to use these theories and experiences toward policies, curricula, pedagogies, and relationships that allow young people to learn, to belong, and create their futures.

Our learning will be supported by readings, case-based discussions, conversations with people working in schools and communities, and modeling of teaching and learning that embodies realism about the inequalities and harms that surround young people in uncertainty and critical hope toward the creation of different kinds of futures.

This course includes the opportunity to explore the core ideas of the course through a semester-long project through which you will explore people, practices, and policies that facilitate young people in navigating uncertainty and disrupting inequities and deepen your research, writing, and policy analysis skills.

Each week of the course includes a full group class session and a small group tutorial. We meet as a full class on Tuesdays (1:30-2:45pm) and on Thursdays (choice of either 12-1:15pm or 1:30-2:45pm).

This course fulfills the Equity & Opportunity elective requirement of the Equity & Opportunity Foundations experience. Following the foundational learning in August Identity in Context courses, these electives build students’ historical and contemporary understanding, structural understanding, personal responsibility, and strategies for action.
Class Notes:Class will meet as a whole on Tuesday’s 1:30pm-2:45pm. On Thursday students will attend 1 session, either 12:00pm-1:15pm or 1:30pm-2:45pm.

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