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Major Introduction

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Mission Statement

The mission of our major is to prepare students to understand various aspects of education within larger social contexts, and from a global and comparative perspective. This encompasses the goal of imparting students with knowledge of educational philosophy and practice and promoting the conscious design and integration of media and technology in school curriculum and training, with consideration of the communication processes in education.

To accomplish this mission, our major is committed to:

  1. Preparing students to deepen their understanding of the principles and practice of education through sociological, philosophical and historical analysis and in various contexts.
  2. Imparting in students global and comparative perspectives on education, global society, and global citizenship, and awareness of the diverse ideas, values, and cultures of a changing global landscape.
  3. Preparing students to understand the influences of media and technology on children and youth as well as communication processes in education.
  4. Pioneering innovative design and delivery options for integrating media and technology to maximize educational experiences.

Learning Goals

In the Education major, students will:

  1. Develop a broad understanding of some key educational principles from philosophical and historical perspectives.
  2. Develop a global perspective to examine educational policies, curriculums and practices with an eye toward addressing the processes of globalization in education in relation to both education policy and reform in advanced countries (Japan, the US, etc.) and issues of reform, development and international cooperation for developing countries (Cambodia, India, Kenya, Uganda, etc).
  3. Learn about effective, efficient and appealing applications for media and technology in education. Students will examine the design of technology, media-mediated learning environments, and the dynamics of educational communication (face-to-face and media-based) in relation to critical issues such as the digital divide, cultural divide, and gender issues.
  4. Analyze various local and global influences on educational practices and policies from a sociological perspective.