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Educational Foundations (EDEF)

EDEF 310 Education in American Society (3)

Interrelated historical, philosophical, and sociocultural contexts of education with an emphasis on identifying, analyzing, and deliberating on contemporary ethical issues, problems, and applications. Students enrolled in colleges other than the College of Education are asked to confer with the College of Education director of student services before enrolling in 310. A-F only.

EDEF 352 The History of Education in Hawai‘i From Pre-contact to Statehood (3)

History of educational though and practices from pre-contact Hawaii through statehood. Social, intellectual, political, and cultural influences on indigenous, territorial, and state educational institutions; emphasis on white-settler colonialism, multiculturalism, assimilation, resistance, indigenous, and immigrant experiences. Repeatable one time. A-F only. (Spring only.

EDEF 352A The History of Education in Hawai‘i From Pre-contact to Statehood (3)

History of educational though and practices from pre-contact Hawaii through statehood. Social, intellectual, political, and cultural influences on indigenous, territorial, and state educational institutions; emphasis on white-settler colonialism, multiculturalism, assimilation, resistance, indigenous, and immigrant experiences. Repeatable one time. A-F only. (Spring only

EDEF 360 Introduction to Multicultural Education (3)

Concepts and methods to develop sensitivity and awareness of cultural influences on behavior as these relate to the schooling process. A-F only.

EDEF 399 Directed Reading (V)

Individual reading or research. Pre: senior majors with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 or a minimum GPA of 3.0 in education, and consent of instructor and department chair.

EDEF 408 Community and Culture (3)

Theoretical and practical approaches to understanding the constitution of community life. A focus on the social construction of normative values, social dynamics of organizations, and school-community relations. A-F only.

EDEF 445 Sociology of Education (3)

Introduction to sociological frameworks of analysis of the institutional, cultural and social dynamics of schooling, classroom management, school reform, social group and individual role behavior. A-F only.

EDEF 453 Gender Issues in Education (3)

Examines historical and current gender issues in education as they intersect with ethnicity and class. We pay close attention to the writing process and the skills needed to compose a well-written research paper. Pre: WGSS 151 or consent. (Cross-listed as EDCS 453 and WGSS 453) 

EDEF 470 Ethnic Groups and Education in Hawai‘i (3)

Identity and learning within and among Hawai‘i ethnic groups; study of prejudice and inter-ethnic hostilities as these impact education and teaching. College of Education majors only. A-F only. Pre: consent.

EDEF 480 Anthropological Applications (3)

Education as cultural and cross-cultural learning; universal aspects of the process. Ethnographic study. Applied anthropological theory and practice for educators. A-F only.

EDEF 610 Foundations of Educational Theory (3)

An in-depth review of social, philosophical, and historical views underlying various theories of education and their applications in teaching and learning. A-F only.

EDEF 630 Cultural Diversity and Education (3)

Examines issues, theories, perspectives and practices in multicultural education and promotes awareness, encourages knowledgeable reflection and develops skills necessary for multicultural practitioners. A-F only. (Cross-listed as EDCS 630)

EDEF 649 Field Studies in Educational Foundations (V)

Field-based participant research projects, including analysis of educational problems and issues. Repeatable unlimited times. A-F only.

EDEF 650 Education in the Classical Tradition (3)

Classical European, Chinese, Indic, and Islamic traditions in the history of education; emphasis on ways in which they shift, interact, and collide from the early modern period to the present.

EDEF 651 History of Education in America (3)

History of educational thought and practice from European colonialism to revolutionary nationalism to the present. A-F only.

EDEF 652 History of Education in Hawai‘i (3)

From pre-contact, ancient Hawai‘i to the present. Social and intellectual influences on the development of national, local, and indigenous educational institutions; emphasis on multicultural as well as monocultural directions in Hawai‘i’s schools. A-F only.

EDEF 657 Introduction to Higher Education (3)

Salient historic, social, and organizational aspects of higher education; history, philosophy, purposes, governance, administration, structures, financing, faculty and student selection, curricula, legal and social issues.

EDEF 660 Philosophy of Education (3)

Readings of the original texts of major philosophers impacting American education. Considerations about the conditions of knowing and their extension in everyday practices in education. A-F only.

EDEF 667 (Alpha) Seminar in Educational Foundations-Selected Topics (3)

Multi-disciplinary (historical, philosophical, social/cultural and comparative/international focus on topical issues in education. (B) general; (C) leadership and governance in education; (D) educational reform; (E) foundations of teaching; (F) foundations of curriculum; (G) globalization in education; (H) moral political education. Repeatable one time for (H). A-F only for (H). Pre: graduate standing and departmental approval.

EDEF 669 Introduction to Comparative/ International Education (3)

Introduction to basic methods of comparative studies, focusing on schooling, but also treating broader educational issues. A-F only.

EDEF 671 Topics in Comparative Education (3)

Educational institutions, structures, processes, policies, and problems viewed within the context of political, social, and cultural milieus. Geographic region or theme focus. Repeatable three times. A-F only. Pre: consent.

EDEF 675 Introduction to Educational Policy Studies (3)

Examines theories and models of educational policy and policy-making and the contribution of policy analysis to the policy-making and change processes. A-F only. Pre: consent. (Crosslisted as EDEA 675)

EDEF 676 The Politics of Education (3)

Examination of the ways in which education can be viewed as political, arising from its connection to the larger political system including local, state, and federal governments. A-F only. Pre: 675, EDEA 675, or consent. (Cross-listed as EDEA 676)

EDEF 678 Approaches to Educational Inquiry (3)

Overview of different research methods in educational inquiry with an opportunity to explore through practice one or more methods (ex: case study, interviewing, narrative construction, practitioner inquiry. Preparation for MEd or PhD proposals.

EDEF 680 Seminar on Race, Law, and Education (3)

Introduction to educational law and the way it relates to issues of race and ethnicity. Particular focus on how the U.S. courts have dealt with the question of educational inequality in a multiracial/multiethnic society. A-F only. Pre: graduate standing or consent.

EDEF 683 Social and Cultural Contexts of Education (3)

Focuses on the interplay of class, race, gender and ethnicity in school and community settings. Social praxis, educational reform and policy are considered. A-F only.

EDEF 684 Education and World Order (3)

Focuses on the challenges educators face in identifying appropriate pedagogical frameworks and practices in global education that address the impact of globalization in our society today. A-F only. Pre: consent.

EDEF 685 International Development Education (3)

Introduction to international development education in Asian and Pacific nations. Students explore links between education and development. Emphasis is on cross-cultural perception of development.

EDEF 686 Environmental Education (3)

Focuses on the development of an ecological consciousness through a cultural and environmental approach to teaching and learning in schooling and everyday life.

EDEF 699 Directed Reading and/or Research (V)

Individual reading and/or research. Repeatable unlimited times. Pre: consent of department chair.

EDEF 700 Thesis Research (V)

Research for master’s thesis. Repeatable unlimited times.

EDEF 725 Education and Social Change (3)

Study of classical and contemporary theories of social change as these relate to school, the profession of teaching, planning of change, and social stability. Pre: consent

EDEF 751 Recent History of American Education (3)

Contemporary American education in recent historical perspective; focuses on the educational changes brought about by WW II, the Cold War, civil rights and other social movements. A-F only. Pre: consent.

EDEF 761 History of American Higher Education (3)

Genesis and evolution of college and university from

EDEF 762 Seminar on the Social and Cultural Contexts of Education (3)

Examination of social, political, and cultural issues affecting educational policy with special emphasis on methods of inquiry and theoretical constructs. A-F only. Pre: consent.

EDEF 764 Advanced Seminar in Philosophy of Education (3)

Advanced studies in philosophical inquiry. Examination of philosophically based methods of analysis and interpretation and their influence in educational research and practice. A-F only. Pre: consent.

EDEF 766 Seminar in History of Education (3)

Aspects of the history of education. Application of historiography to educational problems and policy. Repeatable with different content. A-F only. Pre: 651 or 652, or consent.

EDEF 767 Seminar on the Educational System (3)

Examination of the structure and dynamics of educational system. Particular focus on how educational policy interacts with principles that explain educational system behavior. A-F only. Pre: 675 or EDEA 675, or consent. (Cross-listed as EDEA 767)

EDEF 771 Seminar in Comparative/International Education (3)

Advanced reading, research and writing in selected topics dealing with comparative and international education, including such themes as policy studies, minority education and educational reform. A-F only. Pre: consent.