Ruben Donato, PhD
My teaching interests are related to history, educational foundations, and policy. I am committed to sharing historical inquiry and theoretical and empirical scholarship on teacher education with individuals who are studying to become public school teachers and teacher educators.
Courses frequently taught:
EDUC 5085: History of American Education
In this course we examine the evolution of American public schools, explore
some of the major reform movements from the 18th century to the end of
the progressive era, and combine various perspectives on the interpretation
of American educational history. Throughout the course we attempt to understand
what intellectuals at the time thought about public education and what
ordinary people were experiencing in public schools. Within this context,
we will assess how differences of race, class, ethnicity, gender, and
power shaped public schools. A basic premise of the course is that the
reality of schools appeared different to various groups and individuals.
We approach American educational history from many perspectives.
EDUC 3013: School, Society and Elementary Teaching
This course examines the relationship between school and society. It explores general curriculum theories, questions about academic success and failure, educational inequality, curriculum differentiation, testing, charter schools, and other controversial topics. Within the context of schooling, we also explore issues of race, class, ethnicity, and power.