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Constructing Curriculum: Critical Pedagogy & Social Justice in the Classroom

April 18 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Graduate Equivalency Course (GEC)

  • Format: Blended (online and face-to-face)
  • Dates: February 21, 2018 – April 18, 2018
  • Face-to-face meetings: Wednesdays, February 21, March 7, March 21, April 11, and April 18
  • GECs: 3
  • Instructor: Dr. Durene Wheeler, Northeastern Illinois University
  • Details: Critical pedagogy and social justice education are concepts, which compliment one another. Freire (1968) provided the blueprint in his groundbreaking work the Pedagogy of the Oppressed for learning and teaching practices to transform the role of teachers and students. Employing the works of critical pedagogy, social justice education, philosophy, critical theory, ethnic studies, feminist studies, and sociology, this interdisciplinary course seeks to explore and examine the foundational narratives from multicultural education to social justice education. This course examines concepts in an effort to identify and implement social justice teaching, multicultural teaching, culturally relevant pedagogy, and critical pedagogy as it relates to understandings of how social, cultural, political, and historical actions and beliefs have shaped education and curriculum throughout society and academia in the United States. We will explore scholarship addressing the intersections of culture, language, ability, class, gender, and economics to name a few agents influencing “What We Teach, How We Teach, and even Who We Teach”. This course is not exclusively about the discipline of education, but provides universal thoughts to consider toward creating a classroom conducive to all learners and their special talents and skills.
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  • Fee: No cost.
  • Registration Closed. (Registration Deadline: February 7, 2018)


April 18
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Academy for Teaching Excellence


Building D, Room D246


Individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation or who have questions about physical access may contact the event host or Access and Disability Services at ads@harpercollege.edu, 847.925.6266, at least two weeks in advance of the event date.

Academy for Teaching Excellence Workshop Cancellation Policy

Occasionally, the Academy for Teaching Excellence may have to cancel a workshop due to circumstances beyond our control. With the exception of instructor illness and inclement weather, the decision to cancel a workshop will be made 48 hours prior to the scheduled date of the workshop. In the event of a cancellation, the Academy will make every effort to notify registered participants via their Harper College email account. If you have a concern about a workshop you have registered for being cancelled, please contact academy@harpercollege.edu or call 847.925.6174.