Master of Education in People, Place, and Pedagogy

The M.Ed. in People, Place, and Pedagogy is designed for both practicing teachers and community educators committed to critical inquiry and pedagogy. Students will examine the intersectionality of place, environment, language, and culture and its pivotal role in education. Coursework emphasizes creative thinking, hands-on active learning, student-led initiatives, and the active role that children, youth, and adults play in creating culture and change. Candidates in the program will be part of a community of scholars and practitioners, blending theory with practice to tackle educational issues pertinent to Alaska, the far north, and beyond.

Student Learning Outcomes:

1) Students will explore the psychological, ecological, socio-historical, political and cultural dimensions of place in the framing of "place-conscious" education research and practice.

2) Students will comprehend and critique contemporary theory, research and practice in literacy studies, including critical literacy, multimodal literacy and media literacy, and connect the academic literature to enrich and improve one's own praxis.

3) Students will examine the intellectual and socio-political perspective of multiculturalism and multicultural education.

4) Students will connect place, language and culture to roundly contextualize and improve student-centered research and learning.

 

The UAF Master of Education in People, Place, and Pedagogy may be completed entirely by distance education! 

UAF offers classes online, in person, through computer conference (Pexip Videoconference or Blackboard Collaborate), and by audio conference. Join classes in ways that work for you.

 
Courses:
 
 
ED F601
 Introduction to Applied Social Science Research
3 Credits Fall, Spring, Summer  On-Campus Audio/Video/Online  
Review of the most common educational research paradigms, data gathering techniques and analytical tools used in the study of human behavior and educational institutions. Attention will be given to collaborative research models, with a focus on the translation of research results into practical application.
ED/CCS F603
Field Study Research Methods 
3 Credits Spring, Summer   On-Campus/Audio/Hybrid
Focus on techniques for conducting both quantitative and qualitative field research. Particular emphasis on considerations for conducting field research in cross-cultural settings.
Prerequisites: ED F601.
Cross-listed with CCS F603.
ED/CCS F604
Documenting Indigenous Knowledge
3 Credits   Fall   On-Campus/Audio  
A thorough grounding in research methodologies and issues associated with documenting and conveying the depth and breadth of indigenous knowledge systems and their epistemological structures. Includes a survey of oral and literate data-gathering techniques, a review of various modes of analysis and presentation, and a practical experience in a real-life setting.
Recommended: Graduate-level survey course in research methods or approval of instructor.
Cross-listed with CCS F604.
 ED/CCS F610
Education and Cultural Processes
3 Credits   Offered as Demand Warrants   On-Campus/Audio/Video  
Advanced study of the function of education as a cultural process and its relation to other aspects of a cultural system. Students will be required to prepare a study in which they examine some aspect of education in a particular cultural context.
Cross-listed with CCS F610
 ED/CCS F611
Culture, Cognition and Knowledge Acquisition
3 Credits   Fall  On campus/Audio/Video  
An examination of the relationship between learning, thinking and perception in multicultural contexts. Particular emphasis will be on the implications of these relationships for schooling. Content will focus on cultural influences on perception, conceptual processes, learning, memory and problem solving. Content will also reflect concern for practical teaching problems.  
Cross-listed with CCS F611
ED/CCS 616
Education and Socioeconomic Change
3 Credits   Offered as Demand Warrants   On-Campus/Audio/Video
An examination of social change processes, particularly in relation to the deliberate development of new institutions and resulting forms of new consciousness. Emphasis is placed on the role of education and schooling in this development dynamic.
Cross-listed with CCS F616
 
ED F619/CCS F618
Cultural Atlases as a Pedagogical Strategy
3 Credits Spring  On-Campus/Audio/Video  
The content of the course provides an in-depth look at how teachers can integrate technology and academics with oral traditions and offers a vehicle for helping communities define themselves and their unique cultural identity. Teachers will have an opportunity to guide their students through a positive collaboration with local culture-bearers, community members and educational personnel. The multimedia resources for this course provide numerous examples of cultural atlase and guidance on ways in which the rich oral traditions of Native people can be drawn upon in support of the school curriculum.
Prerequisites: ANTH F242; or permission of instructor
Cross-listed with CCS F619
Stacked with CCS F418ED F419
ED F620
Language, Literacy and Learning
3 Credits   Spring   On-Campus/Audio/Video  
This course examines the relationship among language, culture and mind to understand literacy. Specific areas of emphasis include literacy theory, literacy acquisition, orality, critical literacy, multi-modal literacies, media literacy and future literacies. The goal is the understand literacy as a cultural and cognitive phenomenon that informs praxis. Fieldwork is required.
ED/CCS F631
 Culture, Community and the Curriculum
3 Credits Fall  On-Campus/Audio/Video  
Salient issues involved with the development of effective programs of instruction in small schools, including foundational design, conceptual models, organizational strategies, technical skills, current issues and trends, and their implications and application to the environment of rural Alaska.
Cross-listed with CCS F631
ED F681
Place Based Education
3 Credits Spring  On-Campus/Audio/Video  
An examination of the relationship between local landscape and community and the development of human perception. Emphasis on the importance of the development of ecologically appropriate community-based educational programs in rural and urban schools. Priority placed on project-centered programs lending themselves to experimental learning opportunities. Includes literature review, discussion, curriculum exploration and design and on-site community exploration of active place-based educational programs.
ED F682
Rethinking Multicultural Education
3 Credits   Alternate Fall   On-Campus/Audio/Video  
This multi-disciplinary course focuses on two parts: Critically analyze and reflect on current mutlicultural education issues at the national, state and local level and translate/apply what is learned to individual classrooms, schools, school districts and beyond. Topics include children of immigrants, Alaska Native education, culturally relevant education, social justice education and exploring ways to create stronger family-community-school partnerships. Fieldwork is required.
ED F698 or ED F699
Non-Thesis Research/Project or Thesis 
6 Credits  Fall, Spring, Summer   Independent Work 

Program details

Academic level(s)Master
CountryUnited States
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks
Fields of studyTeacher training and education science (broad programmes)
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