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Course Descriptions


EFN 400/500  Cr.3

School Curriculum Design

Overview of K-12 curriculum with emphasis on criteria for decision-making. Attention to description of patterns of curriculum development currently utilized in the schools. Prerequisite: junior standing and admission to teacher education. Slash course EFN 400/500.   Offered Occasionally.


EFN 415/515  Cr.1

Teacher-Student Relationships: Connected Teaching

This course is based on the premise that authentic teacher-student relationships create a sense of connectedness in a classroom which is essential to successful teaching. William Glasser's Choice Theory and his communication model will be examined as a basis for creating connected teaching which effectively addresses student needs. Prerequisite: junior standing. Slash course EFN 415/515.   Offered Occasionally.


EFN 422/522  Cr.3

Using Choice Theory as Basis Conflict Resolution

Choice Theory is examined as a foundation for developing effective communication skills and conflict resolution strategies. Explores the concept of success/failure identity and its relationship to setting realistic goals, and taking responsibility for one's behavior. Emphasis is on resolving interpersonal conflicts. Designed for teachers, prospective teachers, and professionals working in behavioral sciences. Prerequisite: junior standing. Not open to students who have credit in EFN 222. Slash course EFN 422/522.   Offered Occasionally.


EFN 423/523  Cr.3

Classroom Management: Teaching Responsible Behavior

The course will examine contrasting styles of classroom management based on democratic or authoritarian leadership, non-coercive or coercive strategies, discipline or punishment, and restitution or teacher determined consequences. Emphasis is on promoting responsible behavior to create positive classroom climates by developing a non-coercive style based on principles developed by William Glasser. Prerequisite: CI 302/502 or CI 305/505 or teacher certification. Not open to students with credit in EFN 721. Slash course EFN 423/523.   Offered Occasionally.


EFN 424/524  Cr.3

Theory and Practice of Cooperative Learning

Based on theories of cooperative learning, the course examines practices and strategies which promote student learning and create positive classroom environments. Focus will be on the teacher's role in academic and social interactions. Total class involvement and small groups will be explored as the primary delivery systems for integrating a cooperative learning model. Prerequisite: CI 302/502 or CI 305/505 or teacher certification. Not open to students with credit in EFN 726. Slash course EFN 424/524.   Offered Occasionally.


EFN 442/542  Cr.2

Educational Measurements

The study of methods and materials needed to evaluate and to report pupil progress including the development, administration, scoring, interpretation and validation of teacher developed and standardized tests. Prerequisite: junior standing and admission to teacher education. Slash course EFN 442/542.   Offered Occasionally.


EFN 465/565  Cr.1 - 3

Human Relations and the Educational Community

An analysis of human and intergroup relations focusing on the interdependence of predominant cultural values, individual attitudes and institutional behaviors. Examined from this perspective are the functions of human prejudice and discrimination, the systemic nature of racism, sexism and classism, the socio-economic forces impacting upon racial minorities, women, and low-income groups and the relationship of these to the educational community. Course stresses the value of human diversity and the development of competencies and teaching methods addressing the needs of a culturally pluralistic society. Prerequisite: junior standing and admission to teacher education. Repeatable for credit - maximum 3. Slash course EFN 465/565.   Offered Occasionally.


EFN 475/575  Cr.1 - 3

Special Topics Seminar in Education

Special topics in education not covered by current education courses taught in the department. The particular topic selected to be determined by the department according to the current need and interest. Prerequisite: admission to teacher education, or certifiability as a teacher, or consent of the department chair. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6. Slash course EFN 475/575.   Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.


EFN 485/585  Cr.1 - 2

Non-Sexist Education

A review of the cultural, institutional, and individual foundations of sexism in our society through lecture and small group discussions which provide insights to facilitate an understanding of how sexism damages men as well as women. Instructional strategies and curricular materials appropriate for students at different age levels will be developed concerning each of the three dimensions of sexism. Prerequisite: EFN 205. Repeatable for credit - maximum 2. Slash course EFN 485/585.   Offered Occasionally.


EFN 486/586  Cr.1 - 3

Multicultural Education

The course will examine multicultural education as a reform effort for pre K-12 schools and the rationale for advocating it. Alternative approaches for implementing multicultural education will be discussed with emphasis on curriculum. Classroom activities to assist students in understanding and appreciating human differences will be presented and evaluated. Prerequisite: EFN 205. Repeatable for credit - maximum 1. Slash course EFN 486/586.   Offered Occasionally.


EFN 495/595  Cr.2 - 3

Comparative Education

Field-centered course which examines the school and its cultural setting in countries outside the United States. A critical examination of the curriculum, instruction and classroom organization operating in the schools will be studied. Whenever possible field teaching experiences are provided, generally restricted, but not totally, to English-speaking schools. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. Slash course EFN 495/595.   Offered Occasionally.


EFN/CI  630  Cr.1 - 3

Understanding Diverse Learners

This course focuses on the needs of diverse learners and the implications for effective instructional strategies. Diversity is represented by, but not limited to, differences of race, gender, culture, age, and socioeconomic status. Prerequisite: teacher certification or CI 502 or 505. Repeatable for credit — maximum 30. (Cross-listed with CI; may only earn 30 credits total in EFN and CI.)   Offered Occasionally.


EFN  701  Cr.3

The Teacher and the Educational Community

A study of 1) the historical, philosophical, and social foundations underlying the development and purpose of elementary, middle level, and high school education; 2) current trends, issues, and various approaches in the professional education programs in the United States and in Wisconsin; and 3) teacher preparation, practice, and professionalism.   Offered Occasionally.


EFN  702  Cr.3

Economics Concepts in School Curriculum

This course provides a specialized knowledge base regarding essential economics concepts and curricular applications of these concepts. Participants will develop a curriculum plan specific to their grade level or subject matter area which integrates economics concepts within a curriculum by using a variety of teaching strategies.   Offered Occasionally.


EFN  705  Cr.3

Human Relations in School and Society

Examines individual and intergroup relations in society and their impact on classroom interactions. Analysis of the effects of prejudice and discrimination based on race, gender, class and other group identifications. Explores curricular content and instructional strategies which could be integrated into classrooms to address intergroup issues.   Offered Fall, Spring.


EFN/CI  715  Cr.1 - 3

Issues and Trends in Education

Current critical issues in education on the state, national and international levels. Repeatable for credit — maximum 30. (Cross-listed with EFN/CI; may only earn 30 credits total in EFN and CI.).   Offered Occasionally.


EFN  716  Cr.1 - 3

Teachers and the Law

Study of how the legal system affects the role of teachers and the teaching process in public education settings. Topics which may be included: teacher contracts and collective bargaining, teacher liability and academic freedom, due process, race and sex discrimination, teaching students labeled as handicapped, and student rights. Repeatable for credit — maximum 3.   Offered Occasionally.


EFN  719  Cr.3

Leadership in the Learning Organization

An examination of the rate at which organizations are changing and the challenge these changes bring with a focus on the need for a continuous learning in order for organizations to thrive. A review of the literature on national and international learning organizations to determine the existing paradigms concerning the nature and purpose of learning in the organization. An examination of communication issues and decision-making strategies which lead to effective leadership for promoting learning in the learning organization. Prerequisite: EFN 415/515.   Offered Occasionally.


EFN  730  Cr.3

Introduction to Research

Present purposes, methods, and techniques in the conduct of research. Emphasis on understanding the product of current research. Each student is guided through a self-selected problem.   Offered Occasionally.


EFN  733  Cr.2 - 3

Philosophical Foundations of Education

The study of idealism, realism, neo-Thomism, experimentalism, and existentialism as foundations of education and education policy decisions. Repeatable for credit - maximum 2.   Offered Occasionally.


EFN  735  Cr.3

Interpretation of Statistical Data

An introductory course in statistics with the essential purpose of providing scholars with the tools to interpret and evaluate the results of research.   Offered Occasionally.


EFN  736  Cr.3

Interpretation of Current Research

This course is designed to provide students in the non-thesis option with the fundamental background needed to read, interpret, and evaluate current research in health, physical education, and recreation. The student will become familiar with the various research methods and designs utilized in their selected fields.   Offered Occasionally.


EFN  739  Cr.1 - 3

Seminar: Special Problems in Education

Studies of selected problems and topics in education and schooling by advanced students who meet in seminar format to confer, report, present, critique and discuss. Prerequisite: graduate level research course. Repeatable for credit — maximum 3.   Offered Occasionally.


EFN  740  Cr.3

School Law

Legal aspects of education, including principles embodied in constitutional, statutory and administrative law, common law and court decisions with implications for operation of public and private schools.   Offered Occasionally.


EFN/CI  750  Cr.1 - 3

Guided Learning

Study of a significant problem, development of a professionally related competency, or acquisition of job-related knowledge through independent study on or off campus under the direction of a faculty member. On occasion, individuals may be formed into classes. Prerequisite: approval of adviser and consent of instructor. Repeatable for credit — maximum 15. (Cross-listed with CI/EFN; may only earn 15 credits total in EFN and CI.).   Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.


EFN  757  Cr.1

School Learning Climate

A series of recent research studies shows that achievement in schools is related to school climate, and that those schools that are most successful have positive climates. This course will examine the school climate factors that are associated with higher achievement and how these factors can be instituted in a school environment.   Offered Occasionally.


EFN  760  Cr.3

Theory and Practice in Educational Research

Study of concepts and processes associated with reading and/or conducting scholarly qualitative, descriptive and experimental research. Identification and examination of retrieval and statistical treatment systems. Practice in reading/reviewing and critiquing published research. Development of a research or grant proposal. Prerequisite: minimum of 12 graduate credits.   Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.


EFN/CI  761  Cr.2

Seminar Paper

Completion of an acceptable seminar paper under the direction of an assigned staff member. Prerequisite: EFN 760 or concurrent enrollment. (Cross-listed with CI/EFN; may only earn credit in one department.)  Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.


EFN  762  Cr.3

Seminar in Middle Level Education

An examination of the historical, sociological, and philosophical dimensions of the middle school reform movement and of effective middle level educational experiences. This course is designed to explore transescents and to reconcile transescents' needs to the requisite and unique responses of professional educators. Prerequisite: EFN 701 or a comparable course in the philosophical foundations of education; admission to teacher education if seeking initial certification.   Offered Occasionally.


EFN  764  Cr.1 - 3

Writing for Research and Publication

Study and practice writing in professional and academic formats according to APA and prescribed formats of individual journals for purposes of publication. Appropriate for all degree and non-degree graduate students in the behavioral sciences. Seminar format to read, discuss and critique writing appropriate for professional projects. This offering will provide a knowledge base through study and the subsequent skills that will enable enrollees to prepare manuscripts for publication and for other scholarship/grant seeing/projects for approval for presentation. Prerequisite: EFN 730 or 760 or an equivalent research course or research experience. Not to be taken concurrently with EFN 730 or EFN 760. Repeatable for credit — maximum 3.   Offered Occasionally.


EFN/CI/EDM/RDG  796  Cr.1 - 2

Independent Study

Directed readings or presentation of material not available in formal departmental courses under the supervision of an assigned staff member. Repeatable for credit — maximum 4. (Cross-listed with CI, EDM, EFN and RDG; may only earn 4 credits total in EFN, CI, EDM, and RDG.)   Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.


EFN/CI  799  Cr.1 - 6

Research: Master's Thesis

Completion of an acceptable thesis under the direction of an assigned staff member. Prerequisite: EFN 760 or concurrent enrollment. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6. (Cross-listed with EFN; may only earn credit in CI or EFN.) Prerequisite: EFN 760 or concurrent enrollment.  Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.