SPECIAL TOPICSEDUC 226Prepared by: JOSE DAKILA N. ESPIRITU Ph.D.
COURSE DESCRIPTION• This course focuses on some problems, issues, trends related to the field of education. This allows students to have a wider knowledge and perspective of the teaching profession through attendance and conduct of seminars on the latest trends in education. It explores emerging concern, new directions, and reforms through examining the critical issues and problems that brought about the different paradigm shifts and transformations currently found in the aims, processes and delivery of education.
COURSE OBJECTIVESAt the end of the course, the students should be able to:1. Demonstrate competence in discussing identified problems and issues in education.2. Establish the relevance of the new directions and trends in education to the present day needs of the learners and society.3. Analyze the critical issues and problems in education.4. Reflect on the philosophy of lifelong learning as sets of goals, procedures and values.5. Demonstrate social awareness and responsibility in analyzing the effectiveness and relevance of the different trends to the problems in instruction.
LEARNING CONTENTSSUGGESTED TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:1. TEACHING MULTI – GRADE CLASSES2. LEARNER – CENTERED INSTRUCTION3. CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION4. LEARNING DISABILITIES5. ALTERNATIVE SYSTEMS OF EDUCATION6. TEACHING INDIGENOUS PEOPLE7. SERVICE LEARNING8. DISTANCE LEARNING9. TEACHING IN DIVERSITY10.UNDERSTANDING BY DESIGN
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