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Social Foundations


Social foundations of education is an interdisciplinary area that provides humanities and social-science perspectives on formal schooling and other types of education. Social foundations of education includes (but is not restricted to) the history, sociology, anthropology, economics, and philosophy of education, as well as comparative education studies. The 1996 Standards for Academic and Professional Instruction in Foundations of Education, Educational Studies, and Educational Policy Studies (2nd ed., 1996) is a fair statement of social foundations faculty priorities around the United States. Social foundations faculty at the University of South Florida tend to focus on the history and sociology of education in our own research and in many of our courses.

The social foundations program area offers a graduate certificate in Diversity in Education and has faculty who participate in the Interdisciplinary Education track of the Curriculum and Instruction Ph.D. program.

Social foundations offers both undergraduate and graduate courses. Lower-division undergraduate courses offered by social foundations faculty partially fulfill the prerequisites for entry into Education majors. Social foundations courses at the upper-division undergraduate level fulfill social foundations requirements for certification Education majors as well as the University of South Florida's exit requirement and the Gordon Rule (writing requirement). A number of social foundations graduate courses fulfill requirements for masters and doctoral programs.

Dr. Deirdre Cobb-Roberts, Ph.D. Program Coordinator

Program Core Faculty
Lauren Braunstein. Ph.D., Instructor
Alisha Brown, Ph.D., Visiting Instructor
Paula Cate, M.A., Instructor
Deirdre Cobb-Roberts. Ph.D., Associate Professor and Program Coordinator
Barbara Shircliffe, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational and Psychological Studies

Department of Educational and Psychological Studies

College of Education

4202 E. Fowler Avenue, EDU 380

Tampa, Florida 33620-7750




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