Course Description

The course explores the philosophy, aims, scope and culture of education and schooling and the current challenges to educators and students. Dialogue, as a meaning-making activity, is used to provide methodological tools for reflective enquiry. Both the course content and its methodology develop shared understandings about attention, learning, goodness, transformation and intelligence, equipping each stake holder with tools and experience to develop a cooperative learning community. A theme throughout the course is the notion of learning as a self-reflective process that includes an exploration of the nature of the mind and consciousness.

In addition, the course content addresses teaching practices and their application in various settings. [Classroom observations provide material and data to review and develop creative teaching practices]. The course provides opportunities to develop skills in dialogue and models of teaching approaches as a self-reflective learning process and hands-on and minds-on experiences to develop the craft of teaching. The course explores the following questions: What is teaching and learning? What is the role of the teacher? What is the culture of a classroom? What is the relationship between the teacher, the student and the subject matter? What are the daily practical concerns of teachers and how can they be addressed?


Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Explain and apply an understanding of the following:

  • the aims and scope of education
  • education for transformation
  • dialogue and reflective inquiry
  • classroom as culture
  • qualitative research
  • teacher development using models of teaching and learning as craft (skill and practice in designing and developing learning environments).


Prior approval by Gopal Krishnamurthy (klapog@yahoo.com)



This course is sponsored by the University of California Santa Barbara, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, Dr. Jason Raley. For more information contact Gopal Krishnamurthy at klapog@yahoo.com.

Online Course Enrollment Guideline is mailed to the coordinator.

Susan Clark.

Updated Forms Mailing Address: PO Box 572, Ojai, CA 93024. USA

Phone: 805 707 4336.

Email: sunsong.susan@gmail.com

Classes are offered according to the schedule on the respective Certificate or Program Page. Please click on the Request Information below to be promptly notified when enrollment opens.