Course participants will engage in a critical analysis of current proposals for universal education from an ecological perspective. Applications of ecological and socio-cultural theories will be examined. Macro-system concerns related to historical, cultural, economic, political and technological developments in Latin America will be investigated in ethnographic readings and through field-based observations of children and families in schools & communities.
Previous course work in one or more of the following: psychology, sociology, anthropology, child development, human development and/or education. Familiarity with social science research methods.
Field ClassCountry: Peru
Participants will spend the day at a school. The purpose of this field lab is to provide students with an opportunity to observe and interact with students, teachers and other stakeholders (parents, administrators, community members). Those interactions will be designed to deepen students’ understanding of the relationship between schooling and universal education in a specific cultural context. Observations and interactions will be directed towards meeting specific goals identified prior to the visit. Depending on the wishes and resources of our hosts, participants will either be passive observers, recording their observations for later analysis and/or interact directly with students, teachers and/or other stakeholders. A translator will be provided to enable students to interact, have conversations and/or interview students, teachers and/or other stakeholders.