EDCP 508 – History, Theories, and Practices of Alternative Education

University of British Columbia
Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy
Winter Term 2
(January 3 – April 4, 2017)

EDCP 508 (032)
Review of Research in Curriculum and Pedagogy:
History, Theories, and Practices of Alternative Education
Tuesdays (16:30-19:30)
Room: Scarfe 203

EDCP 508 Alternative Education Syllabus 2017 [tba]

Professor 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. Students will have the opportunity to explore alternative education movements such as democratic free schools, un/de-schooling, Socialist Sunday Schools, Modern Schools (Ferrer Schools), etc. An emphasis will be placed on examining pedagogies that give students greater control over the what and how they learn.

Readings will be drawn from the following (along with other sources):

Miller, R. (2002). Free Schools, free people : Education and democracy after the 1960s. Albany: State University of New York Press.

Hern, M. (2008). Everywhere all the time : A new deschooling reader. Oakland, CA: AK Press.

Hern, M. (2003). Field day : Getting society out of school. Vancouver, BC: New Star Books.

Morrison, K. A. (2007). Free school teaching: A journey into radical progressive education. Albany: State University of New York Press.