New course: History, Theories, and Practices of Alternative Education

University of British Columbia
Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy
Winter Term 2
(January 6 – April 8, 2015)

EDCP 508 (032)
History, Theories, and Practices of Alternative Education
Wednesday (16:30-19:30)
Room: Scarfe 202

Instructor: E. Wayne Ross

Since the 1980s, schools have been subjected to increased standardization, test-based accountability, and corporate management models, trends often labeled as the global education reform movement or GERM. One of the key effects of GERM on curriculum and teaching has been the search for low-risk ways to meet learning goals, undermining alternative and experimental pedagogical approaches and risk-taking in the classroom. This seminar will explore histories, ideologies, and practices of alternative education movements. A key aim of the course is to examine the various cultures of learning, teaching, and curriculum embedded within the diverse landscape of alternative education and the implications for formal and informal education today. Emphasis will be placed on (but not limited too) the liberal/progressive and anarchist/libertarian traditions of alternative education, including movements such as Socialist Sunday Schools, Modern Schools (Ferrer Schools), democratic free schools, as well as the deschooling movement.

Reading list TBA