EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATIONS (EFN)

 

               

+ above a course number indicates a General Education course.

 

 

EFN        200                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1

Cooperatives

A study of the history and development of cooperatives, a form of business organization voluntarily owned and controlled by member patrons on a nonprofit or cost basis. The social, political and economic aspects of cooperatives constitute the basis for the course. Note: This course is a statutory requirement for all social studies majors and minors (except psychology minors) in the 1-9 or 6-12 teacher certification programs. May not count in major or minor.

 

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EFN        205                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Understanding Human Differences

The course will focus on human differences and the factors which influence these differences, specifically group identifications. It will explore the interaction between misperceptions and ethnocentric perspectives which foster the development of prejudicial attitudes. It will explain the effect of prejudicial attitudes on expectations for “different” others (stereotyping) and on behavior toward those others (discrimination). It will examine diverse groups in our society and how membership in one or more of these groups affects one’s sense of identity and one’s opportunities.

 

EFN        207                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1

Resolving Diversity Issues Through Experiential Drama

An interactive experience involving drama and dialogue to address cultural conflict, racial ethnic and other diversity issues. Students research topics to gain background information. Short scenarios are developed and presented to UW-L classes and on-campus organizations as requested, as well as off-campus social agencies, school groups, businesses, etc. Repeatable for credit —  maximum 3.

   

EFN        210                                                                                                                                     Cr. 2

Introduction to Education

Students investigate their own perceptions about the teacher, the learner, the curriculum, and schooling in society. Students are introduced to the world of education and the realities of professional teaching. To be taken concurrently with C-I 211. Prerequisite: sophomore standing, minimum 2.75 GPA, successful completion of the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST).

 

EFN        222                                                                                                                                     Cr. 2

Introduction to Choice Theory: Problem Solving Strategies

Examines major concepts from William Glasser’s Choice Theory focusing on how they can be applied to promote responsible behavior and create successful living and learning experiences. Emphasis is on understanding basic needs, developing strategies for working with diverse students, learning a variety of approaches for problem solving, and developing specific skills for applying Choice Theory in interpersonal and small group interactions and in conducting group meetings. Prerequisites: sophomore standing; open to resident assistants and desk managers only.

 

EFN/EDM  290                                                                                                                                 Cr. 1-3

Education Forum

Study of areas and topics of current interest. The department will select topics based on current trends or needs. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. (Cross-listed with EDM; may only earn 6 credits total in EFN and EDM.)

 

EFN        303                                                                                                                                     Cr. 2

Foundations of Public Education in the United States

A study of the philosophical, historical, sociological, financial and legal foundations of education as well as their implications for the prospective teacher and for the learner in the classroom. Prerequisites: EFN 210 and C-I 211.

 

EFN        347                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Leadership in Modern Society

An introductory theoretical and practical examination of leadership in modern society. Emphasis will be to provide class participants a knowledge base for current issues affecting management and leadership in the types of organizations in which they will soon be integral members. Offered Sem. I.

 

EFN        350                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Introduction to Guidance for the Classroom Teacher

Introduction to guidance, its role in education, and its basic elements, with special emphasis on the classroom teacher’s unique role. Offered

occasionally.

  

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: admission to teacher education.

 

EFN        415/515                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

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.

 

EFN        422/522                                                                                                                             Cr. 3

Using Choice Theory as a Basis for 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.

 

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. Prerequisites: C-I 302 or C-I 305 or teacher certification. Not open to students with credit in EFN 721.

 

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. Prerequisites: C-I 302 or C-I 305 or teacher certification. Not open to students with credit in EFN 726.

 

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. Prerequisites: junior standing and admission to teacher education. Offered occasionally.

 

EFN        447                                                                                                                                     Cr. 1

Leadership in Modern Society: Field Experience

Designed as an extension of EFN 347, this course provides practical examination of leadership in modern society. Students will gain a broader knowledge base for current issues affecting management and leadership in a variety of organizations. Students will better understand themselves as potential leaders by learning time management and how priorities are established as a function of leadership. Prerequisite: EFN 347 or MGT 412.

 

EFN        460                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Middle Level Education

This course is designed to provide an overview of middle level education. The historical and philosophical bases for middle level education will be surveyed. Major components of this course include the organization and administration of middle schools, curricular areas often found in middle schools, transient students, classroom management and parent-teacher relations. Additional attention will be given to current issues in middle level education. Prerequisites: admission to teacher education, junior standing, C-I 211, EFN 210 and EFN 303 or admission to teacher education, C-I 211 and EFN 701.

 

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. Prerequisites: junior standing and admission to teacher education. Offered occasionally.

 

EFN/EDM   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. (Cross-listed with EDM; may only earn 6 credits total in EFN and EDM.)

 

EFN        484/584                                                                                                                             Cr. 2

Futuristics

Futuristics emphasizes the study of the future through the use of proven research and forecasting techniques. Educational, social, and technological futures are emphasized. Change theory is explored. Offered occasionally.

 

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. Offered occasionally.

 

EFN        486/586                                                                                                                             Cr. 1-3

Multicultural Education

Examines the elementary and secondary schooling experience for students from diverse cultures in this society. Aspects of their experience which adversely affect their learning and achievement will be analyzed and strategies will be described which should promote a more positive and productive experience. Prerequisite: EFN 205. Offered

occasionally.

 

EFN        490                                                                                                                                     Cr. 3

Fundamentals of Educational Research

A survey of educational research methods designed to facilitate one’s ability to locate, integrate and evaluate educational research. Special emphasis is given in examining research studies of current concern. Prerequisite: admission to teacher education. 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. Offered occasionally.

 

EFN/C-I   499                                                                                                                                   Cr. 1-3

Individual Study

Reading and research in an area of student interest in education under the direction of an education instructor. Open to elementary and secondary education students with excellent records. Admission by consent of instructor, adviser, and department chair. (Not open to students concurrently receiving credit for C-I 499.) Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. (Cross-listed with C-I; may only earn 6 credits total in C-I and EFN.)