Final Paper Topics

Autumn 2000

Ed. St. 4111-002


Choose one of the following questions as the topic for your final paper. The paper should offer an argument, supported by material from the readings, lecture, and class discussions. A paper that is not well informed by the course materials will not be considered a passing final paper. (When quoting, indicate page numbers. Also cite your reference when paraphrasing. Be careful not to paraphrase too closely.) Be sure to take into account any important counter-arguments or counter-evidence introduced in the course. You are encouraged to work with other students in studying for the paper, but the actual paper should be distinctively your own work. The paper should be 7 to 10 pages long, typed and double spaced.
 
 
 

1. What institutional changes do you believe are necessary for schools to offer the best and most democratic education? Your answer will need to address the following issues: what you consider necessary to a democratic education (e.g., what kind of approach to inclusion? what kind of approach to difference?), and why; what you consider to be desirable approaches to pedagogy (transmittal, nurturance, and/or craft), and why; and which kinds of institutional reforms are needed to support such an approach to education (among others, see Rose, O'Hanlon, Anyon, Wigginton, and Wood for insights).
 
 
 

2. How should schools engage issues of race and racism? Your question should address the following concerns: difference and deficit stances; institutional barriers within the schools themselves; limitations within the curriculum; and the pros and cons of the pedagogical approach you find most promising (i.e., transmittal, nurturance, and/or craft).
 
 
 

3. How should schools engage issues of gender and sexuality? Your question should address the following concerns: difference and deficit stances; institutional barriers within the schools themselves; limitations within the curriculum; and the pros and cons of the pedagogical approach you find most promising (i.e., transmittal, nurturance, and/or craft).
 
 
 

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