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Topics in Educational Foundations

I.     Course Prefix/Number: EDN 290

       Course Name: Topics in Educational Foundations

       Credits: 1-4 (1-4 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

EDN 101 or consent of instructor.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course explores selected topics in educational foundations. Content included varies, and may focus on particular aspects of history, sociology, and philosophy of education, and comparative education.   EDN 290 may be repeated up to 3 times on different topics for a maximum of 12 credit hours.

IV.   Learning Objectives

1.  In Education courses, students will be able to critically assess education’s role within society, and understand the impact of cultural context on the functioning of schools.
2.  In Education courses, students will be able to read, understand, and interpret educational research related to the particular theme of the course.

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Topics will vary according to the subject matter of the course.  For each topic, a detailed outline will be provided.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods include lecture, discussion, collaborative work, student presentations, field observation, travel and other assignments which foster critical analysis of the subject matter. 

Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

This course relies on the student’s ability to read and understand college-level text material. 

This course also relies on the student’s ability to use technology, such as e-mail, Internet search engines, library databases and presentation software.  All students must have a functioning e-mail address for this class.

Students will be required to write for this class the equivalent of 12-15 typed pages of material that will be graded.  This writing may take the form of a research or term paper, summaries of journal articles, and/or a series of shorter, analytical papers.  Students are expected to submit college-level writing that is free from typographical, spelling, and grammatical errors. All written work should be typed, doubled-spaced, using a 12-point normal font (Arial, Times New Roman), have 1-inch top and bottom margins, and 1.25-inch left and right margins.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Varies by instructor.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Participation in class discussion, oral presentations, quizzes, tests, group projects, papers and a final examination may typically be included.   Each instructor will specify the value of each component in the final grade.

XI.   Other Course Information

In this section, each instructor will specify policies on attendance, late assignments, make-up exams, etc.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.