EDI802: Understanding and Influencing Society

Course Credits:
3
Course Hours Per Week:
20

Course Overview

This course continues the series of internship courses for the EdD/EdS student.   As such, in addition to mastering course content, the candidate is required to complete at least 50 hours of supervised, authentic administrative work in a real school setting.  It is expected that the candidate will continue the site and site supervision situation established in prior courses. The course focuses on Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) Standard 6, which reads:

Standard 6.0: Candidates who complete the program are educational leaders who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.

The context of this course is generally outside of the local school organization, which is a departure from other internship-related courses.   This is because it covers the local school in the context of the influences of the greater community on the local school.  Sergiovanni has visualized this as an onion, with the local school in the core, surrounded by layers of separate and distinct influences from outside sources.  It is the description of this ‘onion’ that is the focus of this course. 

This course encompasses two main projects.  The first is to investigate, analyze, and report on the principles and practices of school administration that relate to positioning the local school within the environment of those outside influences that form the school.  The second is to complete a practical internship project or program that relates to the administration of matters related to relating the local school to the greater environment in which the school operates.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Synthesize relationships of the elements of ELCC Standard 6 to the sponsoring organization and operation of a public school system and apply these elements through authentic administrative work in a real school setting.
  • Investigate and describe the personal knowledge and skills required of a school administrator to fulfill the requirements of ELCC Standard 6.
  • Explore the impact of the historical development of public schooling in the United States on the contemporary structure of public school systems. Synthesize connections.
  • Scrutinize the influences of a free democratic society and its political and legal systems on the structure and operations of public school systems, and the influence of public school systems on a free democratic society and its political and legal systems.
  • Evaluate the influence of U.S. society on the governance of public school systems.
  • Analyze the impact of the U.S. economic system on the structure and operations of public school systems, and the influence of public school system on U.S. economic system.
  • Assess the impact of the U.S. society and culture on the structure and operations of public school systems, and the influence of public school systems on U.S. society and culture.
  • Investigate and illustrate how public school systems can promote and implement change in order to accommodate the changing requirements of the U.S. political, social, economic, legal, and cultural systems.

Special Requirements

Student Solutions Advisor permission required for this course.