Education 122 (Winter 2007)

Children, Learning & Material Culture

 

 

Instructor: Jon Wagner  <jcwagner@ucdavis.edu>

Teaching Assistant: Amy Huang alhuang@ucdavis.edu



Date

Topics

Readings*

Assignments

Sess #1

Jan 3

Children, learning and material culture:  theoretical perspectives; environments, materials, media, and frames; case studies and inquiries.

 

 

Schools & Communities

 

 

 

#2

Jan 8

 

Teaching, learning, materials and activities

 

Herndon, How to survive in your native land, Part I

 

#3

Jan 10

 

Children & adults; folk culture & institutional culture

Herndon, How to survive, Part II

Schwartzman, The anthropological study of childrenŐs play.

 

Form web project teams

Jan 15

 

-----No Class -----

 

 

#4

Jan 17

 

Play and work; ritual and routine

Herndon, How to survive, Part III

Miller, Ends, means & galumphing

 

 

 

#5

Jan 22

Education & schooling; socialization and development; theories of learning and childhood

Hubbard, Notes from the underground: Unofficial literacy in one sixth-grade.

Resnick, Learning in school and out

*Stevenson & Chen, Literacy acquisition in Peru, Asia and the US.

 

 

 

Homes, Media & Markets

 

 

 

#6

Jan 24

Changes in family boundaries & consumer culture; media production & consumption; parent & child roles, etc.

 

Seiter, CH-1, ChildrenŐs desires/mothersŐ dilemmas: The social contexts of consumption

Seiter, CH-2, buying happiness, buying success: Toy advertising to parents

 

 

#7

Jan 29

Material improvements & family dynamics; mass media & economic inequality; the conservative and subversive functions of media

 

Seiter, CH-3, The real power of commercials: questioning the terms of debate

Seiter, CH-4, Utopia or discrimination? Commercials for kids

*Zelizer, Kids and commerce

 

Web project work plans & oral reports due

In-class review

#8

Jan 31

Children & adults; images & text; fantasy & reality; conflict & harmony; gender, age and authority

 

Seiter, CH-5, Toy-based videos for girls: My little pony

Seiter, CH-6 Action TV for boys: Slimer and the real ghostbusters

 

 

#9

Feb 5

The house as local and global, personal and public

Seiter, CH-7 Toys ŇrÓ Us: Marketing to children and parents

Edwards, ChildrenŐs play in cross-cultural perspective

 

Mid-term exam

 


 

 

Work, Play & Learning

 

 

#10

Feb 7

 

COMPARING CASES #1

deMarrais, et al. Meaning in mud: YupŐik Eskimo girls at play.

Maynard & Greenfield: Children, material culture & weaving

Saxe: Candy-selling and math learning

Wagner: Beyond the body in a box: Visualizing contexts of childrenŐs action

QQ&C #1 due

#11

Feb 12

DOLLS:

 

 

 

Topic due –

 Individual term paper

#12

Feb 14

COMPUTERS & VIDEO GAMES

 

Perkins, The fingertip effect: How information-processing technology shapes thinking

*Sherman, Perils of the princess: Gender and genre in video games

*Wolf, Inventing space: Toward a taxonomy of on- and off-screen space in video games

 

 

Web prep review

Feb 19

 

------ No Class -----

 

 

#13

Feb 21

 

No Assigned Reading

Computer lab

 

 

#14

Feb 26

STUDENT WEB SITES

No Assigned Reading

Group project

web site finished 

 

 

Materials & Identity

 

 

#15

Feb 28

COMPARING CASES #2

Kasten, Medicine men, Bethlehem & Pac Man

Mahiri, African American males & learning

Fisherkeller, Everyday learning about identities

 

 

QQ&C #2 due

Updates on term projects

#16

Mar 5

BODIES

 

OŐConnor, Is anorexia a post-modern asceticism?

Dundes, Bloody Mary in the mirror

 

 

#17

Mar 7

FOOD

 

Salazar, Public schools, private foods

Mechling, DonŐt play with your food

 

Individual term paper due

#18

Mar 12

SPACE & PLACE

Marcus & Moore, Children and their environments

Rasmussen, Places for children, childrenŐs places

*Martinello, Play-grounds for learning

 

#19

Mar 14

 

 

 

In-class final exam Part I

 

 Mar 20

 

 

 

FINAL EXAM: Part II (take home)

 

Due 3:30 pm