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LAKEHEAD CALENDAR 2009-2010

Lakehead 2009-2010 Academic Courses Graduate Courses (Masters and PhD) Education Masters Graduate Courses
Education Masters Graduate Courses

Graduate Courses


Courses not offered this academic year (fall/winter terms) are indicated by the words "NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR" below the course description. Nevertheless, students should refer to the Timetable as a final check.

The following courses are offered for the MEd program.

COURSE GROUPS LIST

1. Research Methods
Education 5010 - Introduction to Research Approaches in Education
Education 5110 - Quantitative Research Methods in Education
Education 5111 - Qualitative Research Methods in Education
Education 5112 - Research Seminar

2. Curriculum
Education 5210 - The Foundations of Curriculum
Education 5311 - Curriculum Assessment and Evaluation

3. Policy and Leadership
Education 5230 - Educational Administration Theory
Education 5233 - Educational Leadership
Education 5234 - Policy and Change
Education 5339 - Educational Law and Finance

4. Foundations
Education 5412 - Philosophy of Education
Education 5417 - Sociology of Education
Education 5419 - History and Comparative Education

5. Special Education
Education 5312 - Learning Processes
Education 5316 - Issues in Special Education

6. Specialized Electives
Education 5611 - Critical Pedagogy
Education 5614 - Issues in Technology and Distance Education
Education 5634 - Outdoor Ecological and Experiential Education
Education 5635 - Issues in Aboriginal Education
Education 5650 - Environmental Ethics in Education

7. Curriculum Specializations
Education 5435 - Curriculum Studies in Mathematics Education
Education 5436 - Curriculum Studies in Science Education
Education 5437 - Curriculum Studies in Language Arts
Education 5438 - Curriculum Studies in Social Studies

8. Other
Education 5414 - Special Topics
Education 5570 - Directed Study
Education 5901 - Master's Thesis
Education 5909 - Master's Portfolio

Education 5010      Introduction to Research Approaches in Education
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A critical introduction to major paradigms and basic issues in educational research. This course is normally taken as the first course in the program.
Offering: 3-0; 0-0
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Education 5110      Quantitative Research Methods in Education
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: The design and analysis of quantitative research including measurement concepts, validity, reliability and methods for the analysis of empirical data. Students must complete a compulsory 12-hour lab component.
Offering: 0-0; 3-1
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Education 5111      Qualitative Research Methods in Education
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Examination of the assumptions, characteristics, methods, and criteria for trustworthiness within a naturalistic paradigm. The course includes a theoretical component and field work in natural settings.
Offering: 0-0; 3-0
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Education 5112      Research Seminar
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Designed for students selecting the portfolio option, this course supports the development of portfolio content that students have decided on with their committee. It will include topics such as introductory survey design and analysis, classroom-based action research approaches, applying research to curriculum (materials) design, critiquing educational documents using empirical approaches, and topics specifically related to individuals' portfolio development, including technical, creative, and scholarly components.
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Education 5210      The Foundations of Curriculum
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A critical survey of the foundations of curriculum decision making through an examination of the influence of major curriculum perspectives on practice. The effect of one's conception of the nature of knowledge, processes and conditions of learning, the characteristics of learners, values and culture, social aims, political, economic and technolgical influences on the elements of curriculum as reflected in selected curriculum models will be explored.
Offering: 3-0; 0-0
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Education 5230      Educational Administrative Theory
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An examination of modern organization and administrative theory and its application to schools and school systems. The nature and characteristics of formal and informal organizations are examined.
Offering: 3-0; 0-0
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Education 5233      Educational Leadership
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: This course is designed to stress a critical approach to traditional and emerging trends in educational leadership. An attempt is made to link emerging theory to continuing practice through a process of study, personal reflection and theory to practice integration.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Education 5234      Policy and Change
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Policy development, analysis, and implementation of change processes in educational organizations will be examined. Special attention will be paid to the roles and concerns of various agencies and actors in developing and implementing policy change in education.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Students who have taken Education 5232 previously may not take Education 5234 for credit.
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Education 5311      Curriculum Assessment and Evaluation
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Current developments in assessment and evaluation will be examined in terms of purpose and procedures. Connections between curriculum, instruction, and assessment and evaluation will be emphasized.
Offering: 0-0; 3-0
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Education 5312      Learning Processes
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Cognitive science studies in learning processes and implications for assessment, teaching and individualized educational programming will be examined. Other topics will include the effects of schooling, and the influence of cultural factors upon cognition and learning. In addition, cognitive factors influencing learning process in exceptional learners will be examined.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Education 5316      Issues in Special Education
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Contemporary issues in special education including alternative conceptions of exceptionality, and diverse approaches to the education of the exceptional student will be examined. Other topics will include an examination of policy, legal and ethical considerations in the identification, placement and education of exceptional students. Models for working with families of special needs children and advocacy in relation to the special needs student will also be examined.
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Education 5339      Educational Law and Finance
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Sources and methods of distributing funding at provincial and local levels will be examined. Other topics will include the impact of provincial and federal law in relation to finance and the administration of schools in Ontario and Canada.
Notes: Students who have taken Education 5332 and/or Education 5334 previously may not take Education 5339 for credit.
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Education 5412      Philosophy of Education
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: This course takes as its organizing principle the notion that teachers are necessarily philosophers. Emphasis will be placed on three areas of study: ethics; pedagogy and curriculum; and power and knowledge.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Education 5414      Special Topics
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Topical courses which examine theories, teaching practices and emerging trends in education, related disciplines, and core subjects in the curriculum.
SpecialTopic: Y
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Education 5417      Sociology of Education
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A study of the social contexts within which schools operate, the social relations which constitute and are constituted by school communities, and political influences upon schools, communities, and knowledge. Throughout our analyses of tests, media, and personal accounts, a persistent focus will be maintained on the socio-political dynamics which affect sociological research in education. Two premises define this focus: (1) as educators and inquirers, we do not stand outside of social relations; and (2) when mapping social relations in education we must begin with ourselves.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Education 5419      Comparative and International Education
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Comparative and international education provides the framework for understanding how social, economic, political, historical, cultural and educational forces determine educational needs and outcomes in various societies. The course will examine the growing globalization and internationalization of education, and outline the objectives, methods, and approaches of comparative education as well as broad cross-cultural perspectives of the traditions, missions, structures, and environments of primary, secondary, tertiary institutions, and lifelong learning in different systems.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Education 5435      Curriculum Studies in Mathematics Education
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Current research concerning how children and young adults learn mathematics will be examined, as well as assessment practices such as performance-based assessment, writing, portfolios, observation, and questioning. Other topics will include classroom teaching practices and modes of delivery such as guided instruction, hands-on activities, and constructivist environments. Students need not have a background in mathematics to enroll in this course.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Education 5436      Curriculum Studies in Science Education
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Current conceptions of students' learning in science will be examined, leading to an analysis of potential approaches for teachers to enhance student understanding. Students do not need to have a background in science to enrol in this course.
Notes: Students who have taken Education 5434 previously may not take Education 5436 for credit.
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Education 5437      Curriculum Studies in Language Arts
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Students will examine their own assumptions about language and text. As well, they will explore their own literacy through linguistic and cultural perspectives. Analysis will be undertaken of theoretically based approaches and strategies for language teaching and learning.
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Education 5438      Curriculum Studies in Social Studies
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Current issues and a variety of paradigms in social studies will be examined. These will include curriculum development, design, assessment and reporting in history, geography, sociology, law, and economics, as these areas are delivered in elementary and secondary schools.
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Education 5570      Directed Study
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Directed study under the direction of a faculty member on a specialized topic of interest to the student is subject to availability of an instructor. To be eligible, students must have completed at least two required half courses and be registered to complete the remainder of the required courses in the term in which they enrol for independent study. Any deviation from this sequence requires prior approval of the Chair of Graduate Studies and Research in Education. Note:
SpecialTopic: Y
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Normally no more than one independent reading course is permitted in a student's program.
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Education 5611      Critical Pedagogy
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: The social, cultural and political contexts of learning, both in and out of schools, will be examined from a critical perspective. Issues to be explored and problematized include knowledge production and power relations, various "isms" in educational theory and practice, hegemony, praxis, experience, empowerment, resistance, and the relationship between education and advocacy.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Education 5614      Issues in Technology and Distance Education
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Technology curricula, as well as epistemological relationships between technology, science, art and spirituality will be examined. The course will encompass a broad view of technology as it applies to human processes, physical products, environmental ecosystems, and distance based learning.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Students who have taken Education 5613 previously may not take Education 5614 for credit.
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Education 5634      Outdoor Ecological and Experiential Education
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: An examination of the theoretical and practical underpinnings of ecological education and experiential learning, as well as the fusion of the two into one perspective. The course involves indoor and outdoor activities. The term "ecological education" is used in a holistic, interdisciplinary manner while "experiential learning" describes a way of interacting in order to derive meaning. The course focuses on human involvement within the natural world in order to achieve self-actualization.
Offering: 3-3; or 3-3
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Education 5635      Issues in Aboriginal Education
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Aboriginal Education will be viewed from a bi-cultural perspective. The focus will be on historical and current issues influencing curriculum design, instructional and learning styles, measurement and assessment, public policy-making and administration in Aboriginal Education.
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Education 5650      Environmental Ethics in Education
Description: Contemporary issues in environmental ethics, and theoretical and practical relationships between environmental ethics and education. Ethics is primarily conceived as a process of inquiry and an essential educational endeavour. Environmental Ethics is an aspect of ethics that is especially interested in inquiries about moral values concerning human and nature relationships. Attention is given to creating eduational contexts for individual environmental ethics to emerge. Experiential learning is integral to this approach and field experiences are included.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Education 5901 (9901)      Master's Thesis
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Education 5909 (9909)      Master's Portfolio
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