TCH 206 Social Foundations of Middle Level Education
Middle level teaching candidates will focus on historical and contemporary models of schooling for young adolescents, examining the principles, theories and research underlying the philosophical foundations of developmentally responsive middle schools. Philosophies, functions and structures that shaped the American middle level school and how these organizational components assist in making the young adolescent more successful in a developmentally safe environment will be examined. Theories, principles, and research along with practical approaches in planning, instruction, assessment and student management will be examined, observed, discussed and reflected upon as they relate to the success of young adolescents. This course will require visitation, observations, and participation in local middle level programs. (3 credits: 3 observation hours, 3 assisting hours).