Educational Foundations Department

The Educational Foundations Department offers core-courses that explore the social foundations of education. These courses are integrated into all College of Education programs. The department believes that education is a public good, essential to the cultivation of a democratic civil society. The work of educators should foster the exploration of diverse perspectives and the critical analysis of dominant power structures.

It is the responsibility of the Educational Foundations faculty to provide pre-service and in-service educators with the conceptual and practical tools to understand how their work is influenced. Social and structural forces, school and community contexts, and educators’ own life histories and belief systems play a role in informing our work in education. Through the study of Educational Foundations, teachers are empowered to advocate for their own students and communities.


Department Chair: Dr. David Bair

Academic Department Coordinator: Heather Walker

Educational Foundations Faculty Directory


490C Richard M. DeVos Center [map]

401 Fulton St. W
Grand Rapids, MI  49504

(616) 331-6285


Social Foundations

Educational Foundations courses are integrated into each of the College of Education's programs:

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