About this program
Childhood, Youth, and Learning / Education
Students interested in education and critical thinking around how children and youth grow, change, create, and learn in the context of larger social structures and cultural practices are encouraged to integrate practice with existing theory and research through community-based projects, critically examine theories and practices concerning young people in relation to questions of power, implement innovative methodologies and creative critical pedagogy for young people's participation, and conduct basic and applied research in childhood studies and education studies.
Hampshire also encourages students to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to real life situations in local community schools and organizations, enriching their educational experience and deepening their learning about childhood and youth issues.
Sample First-Year Course
Girls in School: Feminisms and Educational Inequality
Feminists have long been invested in the relationship of girls' empowerment and education. Second Wave liberal feminism, for instance, strove to make schools more equitable places for girls, demanding equal access and resources for girls and boys and the elimination of discrimination specifically impacting girls. Yet the relationship of gender inequality and schooling is a complicated and contentious site of research and policy.
In this course we will examine how various feminist perspectives have defined and addressed the existence of gender inequality in American schools. By analyzing research, pedagogies, policies, and programs developed in the past few decades to address gender inequality and schooling, students should complete the course with a complex view of feminism and how these different, and at times contradictory, perspectives have contributed to the debates around educational inequality and the design of educational reform.
Sample Courses at Hampshire
- The American School
- Autobiographical Memory
- Consuming Childhood
- Contemporary Issues in Education Reform
- Critical Pedagogy
- The Fictional Child
- How People Learn
- Instructional Methods for Inquiry-Based Teaching
- Integration of Creative Drama and Core Curriculum
- Introduction to Art Education
- Knowing and Transforming Environments with Children and Youth
- Philosophy of Education
- Poetry and Childhood
- Psychoanalytic Approaches to Psychotherapy with Children
- Rethinking Childhood
- The Secret Life of Teachers
- Social Development
- Special Topics in Childhood, Youth, and Learning
- Teaching Science in Urban School
- Writing a Child's Voice for Theatre
- Youth, Sexuality, and Education
Through the Consortium
- Creative Arts and the Young Child (UMass)
- Early Childhood Education (SC)
- Education in the City (SC)
- Issues in Children's Literature (UMass)
- Lab in Early Social and Personality Development (MHC)
- Philosophy for Children (MHC)
- Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation in Special Education (UMass)
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.
Tuition fees per semester: $25,500
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Hampshire College is a small liberal arts college located in Amherst, Massachusetts that has been at the forefront of progressive higher education in the United States for over 50 years. Every Hampshire student designs a customized program of study in...
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