Trends in Education

CT 565


Instructor: Judy Hansen-Childers

Assistant Professor, Computer Information Systems

Office: Room 209

Office Phone: 859-1335

Home Phone: 582-7632


SCHEDULE:  (See “Course Policies” below)


Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Educational Issues, (11th) by James M. Noll (Duskin/McGraw-Hill)

Reinventing Education: Entrepreneurship in America's Public Schools, by Louis V. Gerstner (Plume/Penguin)

Montessori Today, by Lillard (Schoken Books)

Reflections on the Sudbury School Concept by Sadofsky (Sudbury Valley School Press)

Schooling for Humanity by Solmitz (Peter Lang Press)


COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will address the current issues in the education industry, how it is changing and its impact on students, educators and society.


COURSE POLICIES: This course will meet in the flesh only two times – Wednesday, July 10th, and Weds, August 21st. All other meetings will take place on the Thomas College Angel conferencing system from 7:00 to 8:30 PM, both synchronously and asynchronously.  It is thus absolutely essential that students have computers with Internet access.


There will be two papers. In the first, due Wednesday, Aug. 7th, all students will address the same topic, which can be accessed via the syllabus below.


For the second paper, students will choose their own topics (related to the course material) by 7/24, submitting them via email to the instructor for approval and suggestions. The paper will be due Weds, Aug. 21st. This paper should be a well-researched analysis of one of the issues impacting education and society today, including your recommendations of possible solutions. Please provide a 1 page abstract for all class members.

The student's grade will be based equally on class participation and the two papers.


SYLLABUS ALERT!! This is a dynamic document. Check the schedule frequently for additions. I often run across something interesting during the course and add it on.


Important Links



E-Mail the Graduate Office


Thomas College Homepage





July 10

Shifting Sands, Shifting Paradigms - Introduction

At Thomas



 Chapters 1 & 2 - Gerstner, Reinventing Education


 Chapters 1 & 2 – Solmitz, Schooling for Humanity


 Paper #1 Topic




Learning and Motivation


 Issue 3 - Noll, Taking Sides




Exploring Learning Styles and Instruction

Learning Style Instruments

Kolb's Learning Style Inventory #1

Learning Styles links

Learning Styles and Self-Assessment tests

Learning Styles Network

Learning and LD

July 17

Curriculum Issues


 Issue 2 - Noll, Taking Sides


 Chapters 3 & 4 – Solmitz, Schooling for Humanity


 Curriculum Issues in GIS


Compendium of Standards

K-12 Math Curriculum Center


Math and Science Gateway

Education World


Ability Grouping and Tracking




Ability Grouping?

Math Grouping



Tracking, Ability Grouping & the Gifted

A Waste of Talent

Special Programs Benefit Gifted Students

Alternatives to Ability Grouping

July 24



 Issue 9 – Noll, Taking Sides

 Chapters 5 & 6 – Solmitz, Schooling for Humanity


National Center for Research and Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing


Evaluating Grading and Scoring

Alternative Assessment I

Assessment and Evaluation

Assessment (Geometry Forum)

July 31

Choices – Sudbury School Education


** Have Sudbury School text completed


Sudbury Valley School


 Redcedar School

Evergreen School

Fairhaven School

Sudbury Maui


Choices – Montessori Education


** Have Montessori text completed





August 7

Choices - Home Schooling

Chapters 7 & 8 – Solmitz, Schooling for Humanity

 Why Homeschool?


Professor Mom

Home Sweet Homeschool




Home Education Magazine

Homeschool Today Magazine

Homeschool World


Internet Homeschool




Choices - Distance Education



Distance Education At A Glance

Extending the Classroom Walls Electronically 

American Center for the Study of Distance Education

UMaine System Network for Education and Technology Services





August 14

Violence and Discipline


 Issue 17 – Noll, Taking Sides

 Chapters 8 & 9 – Solmitz, Schooling for Humanity


School Safety


Violence In The Schools, Volume 2

Conflict and Violence

Violence and Discipline Problems

School Violence



August 21

Teacher Education

Chapter 5 & 6 - Gerstner, Reinventing Education





Educational Reform


 Issues 10, 12 & 21 - Noll, Taking Sides




 Chapters 3 & 4, 7 & 8 - Gerstner, Reinventing Education

 Education Alternatives


Shifting Sands, Shifting Paradigms - Conclusion

 Chapters 9 & 10 - Gerstner, Reinventing Education


 Presentation of Research Paper Abstracts



    Last Updated: July 9, 2002
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