Education



Cultural Intelligence

Faculty: Dr. Juana O. Watson (Profile)

Description: This E-Tutorial is an exploration of strategies, skills and research needed to be effective in our globalized and interconnected world. 
 
E-Tutorial Goals - To develop essential skills that go beyond cultural differences and to positively impact your ability to communicate, teach, work and network in our culturally diverse world.
 
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Cultural Groups and Socioeconomic Factors

Faculty: Dr. Juana O. Watson (Profile)

Description: This course takes a deep analysis of factors, constraints and believes that could bring success or hardship to different cultural, ethnic and immigrant groups.

We will explore the concepts of American exceptionalism, upward mobility, the American dream and socioeconomic inequality.

Required Reading: 
  • The Triple Package by Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld.

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Cultures and Critical Perspectives in Literature by Women of Color

Faculty: Dr. Juana O. Watson (Profile)

This E-tutorial is about the cultural perspectives of women of color. It is designed as an instructional and research course. It is intended to foster a diverse curriculum for a diverse student body, as well as to teach multicultural women's literature by combining theory and practice.
 
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Erik Erikson and Developmental Psychology

Faculty: Dr. John H. Morgan (Profile)

Description: This tutorial is designed to acquaint the student with Erik H. Erikson and the fundamentals of his thought. Rather than settle for merely a secondary-source summary of who he was and what he thought, this course will concentrate on Erikson’s life and, by using a classic text, will explore the essentials of his thought. The introductory material presented in Morgan’s chapter on Erikson is a way of establishing the parameters of the tutorial. The biography is an in-depth look at Erikson’s life. The classic text is a primary source to expose the student to Erikson himself.

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The Evolving Culture of Education

Faculty: Dr. Juana O. Watson (Profile)

This E-Tutorial explores the history of education as an evolving cultural manifestation constantly affected by economic, political, and social practices.
 
E-Tutorial Goals - To develop and implement programs that help students in a rapidly changing world.
 
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Facilitation: Professional Problem-Solving with Churches and Professional Organizations

Faculty: Mary Kendall Hope, Ph.D., Professor of Mediation Studies (Profile)

Description: This E-Tutorial explores the skills and concepts needed to complete a successful professional facilitation. Facilitation involves the established practice of facilitation techniques to assist groups, businesses, and professional organizations to resolve problems.

The problems brought to a facilitator impact all that are a part of the group, business, or organization. Common examples include disputes faced by community & civic organizations such as school boards, city councils, or county governing entities. Other groups who seek a professional facilitator include churches, businesses, clubs or unions. The course provides an overview of professional facilitation techniques with a single role-play at the end. Taking this course would be a good preparation for more advanced training as a professional facilitator.

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Holistic Education in American Culture

Faculty: Dr. Juana O. Watson (Profile)

Description:  This E-Tutorial studies the educational philosophy and the spiritual, ecological and global purpose and meaning of schools. 
 
E-Tutorial Goals - To analyze and implement the values of equality, justice, compassion and peace in the schools through the holistic/humanistic paradigm of education by refocusing on meeting the needs of the student rather than the needs of society. 
 
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Human Diversity in Education

Faculty: Dr. Juana O. Watson (Profile)

Description: This E-Tutorial is an exploration of different topics related to teaching, mentoring, counseling and working with an ever-changing diverse, immigrant and multi-ethnic society.
 
E-Tutorial Goals: To develop appropriate practices for cultural competency for diverse communities, incorporate best practices and gain skills in intercultural communication and interaction in order to reach out to diverse, multi-ethnic and immigrant communities.
 
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Leadership and Personal Spiritual Transformation

Faculty: Rev. Susan Fowler, Ph.D., Dorothy Day Professor of Spirituality (Profile)

Description:  "The grammar of transformational change is the invitational question, not the declarative answer."  These words from the Fetzer Institute form the structure for our exploration into the connection between the spiritual experience of personal transformation and its relationship to transformational leadership: What would it mean for you as a leader to cultivate the inner life? To take time apart for personal reflection and spiritual deepening?  What would your leadership arising from your core of spiritual groundedness look like?Students will reflect upon these questions, relate the readings to some aspect of their interior experience of spiritual conversion, and synthesize their thoughts on the relationship between their personal spirituality and their leadership practice.

Required reading and viewing:

  • Heifetz, Ronald and Marty Linsky.  Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading.  Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2002. 
  • Palmer, Parker.  Leading from Within: Reflections on Spirituality and LeadershipWashington, DC: The Servant Leadership School, 1990.  This pamphlet is also available for order by mail from:  The Potter’s House Book Service, 1658 Columbia Road, NW, Washington DC  20009; Tel:  (202) 232-5483.
  • Robb, Paul.  “Conversion as a Human Experience.”  Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits  14.3 (1982): 1-58.  A PDF document of this article will be distributed with the course syllabus.
  • The Hero’s Adventure(First video in the series Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill Moyers)  VHS.  Mystic Fire Video, 1986.  This video may also be available from any public library or video store. 

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Leadership in Religious Education

Faculty: C. Anthony Hunt, Ph.D., E. Franklin Frazier Professor of African American Studies (Profile)

Description:  Leadership is a critical component in various religious education settings. This e-tutorial explores issues related to leadership in religious education for both clergy and laity. By focusing on the historical and contemporary implications and applications of leadership, particularly as it relates to religious education settings, participants will gain an appreciation of leadership dynamics within the context of particular leadership styles, methods, and organizational structures/systems incumbent in 21st century churches, schools and other religious settings. A focus will be placed on identifying best practices, and developing comprehensive theoretical and practical frameworks for providing leadership that fosters vitality, effectiveness and growth in religious education settings.

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Models of Religious Education

Faculty: Mary Kendall Hope, Ph.D., Professor of Mediation Studies (Profile)

Description: This course defines models of contemporary religious education theory and practice for the evangelical professionals. A comparison with past practices and theories of religious education is distinguished and discussed to determine how to define the best practices for education in the twenty-first century.

An outline of effective historical theories and practices is built upon to determine how professional religious educators can better provide education to students of theology with emphasis on designing better contemporary programs. Retention of existing teaching strategies is focused on while integrating more innovative methods. Writing and implementing the best models for religious education is the objective of the tutorial. The course culminates in the creation of several model templates for religious education in churches, colleges & schools.

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Moral Development and Child Psychology

Faculty: Dr. John H. Morgan (Profile)

Description: Jean Piaget is considered the greatest child psychologist of the 20th century and his expertise in the field of educational psychology and the psychology of children is unsurpassed. His classic on educational method and child psychology is complimented by Morgan’s summary of Piaget’s understanding of children’s moral development.

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Moral Judgement and Emotional Development in the Child (Piaget & Erikson)

Faculty: Dr. John H. Morgan (Profile)

Description:  Erik Erikson and Jean Piaget are still considered the most important child psychologists in western thought.  This course is designed for both educators and psychologists working with children.  The focus is upon an in-depth analysis of the emerging moral judgement within childhood during the emotional development of personality.  A close look at the life and work of Erikson and Piaget are followed by a systematic recitation and examination of the key concepts of maturation and intellectual judgement developed by both Erikson and Piaget and their relevance to education and counseling psychology today. Professional and pastoral counselors, clinical psychologists and psychotherapists, and child educators constitute the intended audience for this graduate seminar. 

 

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(The student is expected to read both books in their entirety as background reading for the two specified chapters relevant specifically to the weekly assignments in this tutorial). 
Primary Texts: The student is expected to select one primary source from each of these two psychologists and read them in advance of and in preparation for the writing of the required papers. The Primary Texts of Erikson and Piaget at found in the bibliography section of the two required texts for this course.

 

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Moral Leadership

Faculty: Rev. Susan Fowler, Ph.D., Dorothy Day Professor of Spirituality (Profile)

Description: Today's leaders face challenges not only to their skill, but to their personal character as well. Authenticity in spirit as well as actions - being able to "walk the talk" - is a critical component in leadership that helps others become empowered leaders themselves. In this course, you will learn about the moral dimensions and ethical challenges surrounding the practice of values-based leadership by exploring such topics as the moral challenges of power and self-interest; public and private morality of leaders; leadership and the common good; and moral leadership and culture. You will share your reflections in a weekly 500 word essay, and conclude with a summary paper of about 3000 words synthesizing course readings with a self-analysis on your own identity as moral leader.

Required Reading:

Ciulla, Joanne. The Ethics of Leadership. Belmont, CA. Wadsworth/Thompson Learning. 2003.

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Regional Cultures of North America

Faculty: Dr. Juana O. Watson (Profile)

This E-Tutorial is an exploration into researching and understanding the regional cultures of North America.
 
E-Tutorial Goals - To develop a deep understanding of why ethno/cultural differences have historical roots in order to work and teach in a global society.
 
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The Role of Culture & Poverty in the Classroom

Faculty: Juana O. Watson (Profile)

Description: This E-Tutorial uses instructional research practices that can lead students of poverty and diverse cultures to success.
 
E-Tutorial Goals: To develop an important collection of research and instructional strategies to aid in understanding and implementing programs regarding the culture of poverty that encompasses the key intersections of people in poverty with those who serve them.  
 
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The Role of Language, Integration, Acculturation and Assimilation in Academics

Faculty: Dr. Juana O. Watson (Profile)

This course will examine how school practices can facilitate student integration in the classrooms. An analysis will be made about what it takes for new immigrant and minority students' to succeed in an inner city school culture. 

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Strategies to Build Resilient Students in Minority Communities

Faculty: Dr. Juana O. Watson (Profile)

Description:  This E-tutorial explores the concept of academic resilience by examining the context of research through the perspectives of high achieving minority authors as well as specific programs and initiatives.  
 
E-Tutorial Goals - To develop a comprehensive and multidimensional process that will help us identify key components of academic resilience and ways to encourage initiatives to bolster educational quality for students in multicultural schools.
 
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Transforming Leadership for Social Change: Social Analysis for the 21St Century

Faculty: Rev. Susan Fowler, Ph.D., Dorothy Day Professor of Spirituality (Profile)

Course Description

What does the Lord require of you but to do justice,
 to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8
 
This prescription sums up life in the Spirit:  A faithful disposition of heart, a practice of right relating, and an orientation toward the Holy One.   In this context, justice and compassion are cornerstones of the spiritual life and the foundations of social transformation.  
 
As spiritual values, these are understood in the context of covenants of mutuality, inclusion and egalitarianism that foster right ordering of relationships.  As transformative practices, they encompass a dialectical relationship between individuals and society, within which is an awareness of ways in which the dominant culture could be reordered to reflect life-enhancing values and just social systems.
 
In this etutorial, we will explore how these virtues cooperate in an engaged spirituality by performing a social analysis of a situation of oppression and injustice with a critical and compassionate eye, proposing solutions which are transformative, life-giving and just.
 
Required Texts and Readings
  • Cimperman, Maria.  Social Analysis for the 21st Century. Maryknoll, NY Orbis Books. 2015
  • O’Connell, Maureen. Compassion: Loving our Neighbor in an Age of Globalization.  Maryknoll, NY  Orbis Books 2009
Recommended:
  • Eyerman, Ron.  Is This America? Katrina as Cultural Trauma.  Austin TX, Univ of Texas Press. 2015    

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