COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBER: EDU 105
COURSE TITLE: Career Inquiry into Education
COURSE DESCRIPTOR: ( not applicable )
TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT: Fall 2005
NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER: Dr. C. Ann Wentz
TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER: Associate Professor of Education
FACULTY OFFICE LOCATION: Copley Hall - #213
FACULTY OFFICE HOURS : Monday 10-12pm., Tu./Thur. 9-11
FACULTY OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER: 816-741-2000 ex. 6323
FACULTY PARK EMAIL ADDRESS: email@example.com
OTHER FACULTY EMAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
FACULTY WEB PAGE ADDRESS: C.AnnWentz@captain.park.edu
DATES OF THE TERM: August 22 to December 9
CLASS MEETING DAYS: Mondays that alternate with visits at sites
CLASS SESSION TIME: 8-9:50
PREREQUISITE(S): This is a required class for certification - none
CREDIT HOURS: 3 hr.
The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.
Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Career Inquiry into Education – Students will visit a variety of schools, ranging from pre-school to high school, including both public and private. Students will be expected to react both orally and in writing to those observations as well as to issues involved in choosing teaching as a career. Students will write the autobiography for the portfolio.
FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: We are beginning a career search by reading, observation, and discussion. A serious attempt in all areas is necessary to make a decision. Students will be expected to react in writing and orally to the readings and visits made to site visits. The course will focus on some basic questions: the history of teaching, the what of teaching, the product, and process
1. Students will experience the classroom at various levels and contexts. (Mo STEP 1.2.3, 1.2.9, K1, 4,
8, 9; S 8,9,16: D 1-10,14,16,20, 21,23.
2. Students will read and discuss the current environment for teaching.(MoSTEP1.1.1,1.1.2 ; K 1,11,7,9,10 ; S 16, 17; D 10,18.20,21,25)
3. Students will reflect on the professional preparation and responsibilities for teachers.
(Mo STEP 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.2.1, 1.2.2, 1.2.3, 1.2.4, 1.2.5, 1.2.6, 1.2.7, 1.2.8,1.2.9,1.2.10; K 1-11: S 8,9,10,11,16,17,18 ; D begin work on each of these.)
4. Students will write a position paper and various other smaller critiques that include their
professional opinion in view of current trends in education. (MoSTEP 1.2.9;K 6, 8, 10, D 16,17,19,20, 21)
arch methods. )
COURSE TEXTBOOK(S): Ryan, K. and Cooper, J. ( 2004). Those Who Can Teach. 10th edition Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co.
Schultz, F. (ed.) (2005/6). Annual Editions: Education . Sluice Dock, Guilfor, C.T.
McGraw Hill/ Dushkin Publishing.
ACADEMIC HONESTY: “Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.”
PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”
ATTENDANCE POLICY: Notice that under “Participation in class” that each day of class is worth points. However, the professor will expect to be notified in extreme cases of reasons to be absent. Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS:– The syllabus dates may upon class discussion be altered if there is a problem not for seen when it was written. The article critiques are due on the dates printed. The visits summaries may be submitted as they are finished, but all but one need to be done by the last class on the syllabus. Assignments and papers/tests are due on time and will drop a letter grade each week past due. Writing done in class for a small number of points will not be made up when students are absent.
COURSE ASSESSMENT A traditional 90% = A, 80%= B, 70% =C , grades below this not acceptable in the profession.
20% A Mid Term on chapters read and a Position paper on reflections entering the education profession. The mid term is based on chapters and readings done. The position paper is a 3-5 page paper due on the last session of class. This will contain each student’s personal opinions about entering the education profession. What context of teaching seems more appropriate? What things will be a fit? And what areas could be difficult? You will get a handout on this closer to the time needed.
30% Critiques: There will be 12 reading reactions to research articles in Annual Editions. These critiques will demonstrate a short review of ideas on the critique sheet handed out . These are read on the weeks of observations and are due the next class time. We will have discussion in small groups on some of these.
20% Reflective Journal: Ten entries with the 10th final entry based on reflections concerning the semester. Journal writing can include reflection on what was said in #105 class discussions, observations, readings, newspaper articles and your opinions. Check the syllabus for dates of collection for grading.
30% Participation as a expectation of being prepared for chapter and reading discussions and attendance for campus classes (15% -each class is worth points, attendance for observations and short writes 15%). You will be asked to turn in a full signature signed sheet from the teacher for observations. Visitation sheets may be turned in whenever you get them done before the last two weeks. Those handed in during the last two weeks are docked to the B grade. Remember to divide the visits over several contexts, like urban, rural, suburban; and at the various levels . There is also the issue of private, public, charter, etc. I note in the grade book two visi at grade or early elementary, two at middle, and two at high school. No work is accepted after the last week of class.
CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT: Career Inquiry into Education will often hold discussions that require students to be civil to each other when viewpoints differ on topics. The students need to turn off phones and pagers and not leave class for this type conversation. As a professional certification class, students should conduct themselves and dress appropriately even if casual.
DISABILITY GUIDELINES: Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University’s policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University’s policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: www.park.edu/disability
COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGNMENTS: Due to Monday Holidays on Jan 17 and
Feb. 21, one of the six visits to school sites must be worked into the semester by the student.
Introduction to class, paper work, Review of Ch. 15 &13.Assignment is read ch.15 &13 in Those Who Can. ”Why Teach “, and What Can a New Teacher Expect
Class at Park University- Discussion of chapters from Those Who Can. Assign: Do Readings in Annual Editions and Reading Reactions #1 and #40. Read chapter 9 and 11 in Those Who Can
Visitation to a school (you are responsible for setting this up-probably two weeks ahead. Use the letter about the assignment if needed) Assign: Chapter readings and Articles for doing Reading Reactions from last week.
CLASS AT PARK UNIVERSITY – Discussion of chapters 9 and 11. Hand in Reading Reactions for #1 and #40.
Visitation to a school. Assign. Read chapter 1 & 2 in Those
Do Reading Reactions for #44&45
CLASS AT PARK UNIVERSITY Discussion of Chapters 1 & 2. and hand in Reading Reactions # 44 &45
CLASS AT PARK UNIVERSITY – Discussion on what you have been observing, hearing, ideas, reactions ?? Midterm is due today and Journal with 5-6 entries. Hand in Reading Reactions for #32 & 33. .
Visitation to a school. Assign: Do the readings and reactions for #7&10 Read chapter 14 in Those Who Can.
CLASS AT PARK UNIVERSITY – Discussion of Chapter 14. Hand in Reading Reactions #7& 10. Your autobiography for portfolio is due.
Visitation to a school Assignment: Do Readings and reading reactions. Read Chapter 5 in Those Who Can. This chapter will help you write the position paper, especially the portion about what you hope to improve at as an effective teacher. Read Annual Ed. #15 & 18
CLASS AT PARK UNIVERSITY – All school visits and critiques are due for full credit ( possibly one remains for some people). Final Journal is Due today. Hand in Critiques for 15 & 18. Discussion of the position paper and possible ways to incorporate ideas, structure, citation with APA style. Assign. Reading Reactions # 25 & 27
Visitation to a school – last visit. All other visit should have been turned in so there is only this last one.
Final Class. Hand in position paper and reactions# 25 & 27
Hand in the last school visit sheet. We will have some discussion about the papers. Great Job!! (Probably a shorter class time.)