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ED 630 Action Practicum
Hight, Edward


Mission Statement: The mission of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Park University is to provide leadership and directions to Park University's graduate and professional programs to assure that they are specialized, scholarly, innovative, and designed to educate students to be creative, independent, and lifelong learners within the context of a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University's School of Graduate and Professional Studies will be an international leader in providing innovative graduate and professional educational opportunities to learners within a global society.

Course

ED 630 Action Practicum

Semester

S1P 2006 DL

Faculty

Hight, Edward

Title

Associate Professor

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D.

Daytime Phone

816 584-6246

E-Mail

ed.hight@park.edu

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3



Course Description:
One of two concluding courses in the Master of Education designed to complete the praxis model. This is the action/application of information learned in the program. Each student will develop and apply an educational plan utilizing new learning. The project must be related to the emphasis area. Prerequisites: 15 hours in the program including ED629.
  • elementary
  • middle
  • secondary
  • early childhood
  • (adult education-upon approval of that concentration)

Class Assessment:
Participation

Student attendance and participation is essential in achieving maximum learning. It is generally expected that each student will attend all scheduled class sessions by contributing to the weekly discussion thread. Prompts will be provided to guide the discussion each week. (8@10 points each = 80 points) (Discussion Scoring Guide)

Each student should respond to at least one (more if you wish) of his or her classmates' postings each week. The posting should be more than simply agreeing or disagreeing and should include reflective comments, questions, and suggestions regarding his or her classmates' project and postings.  (40 points) (Response Scoring Guide)

Proposal - Each student will develop a brief (one page double spaced) summary of his or her project. It should at a minimum include the identified need (problem), the strategies the student plans to use in addressing the need, and the method of evaluation that will be employed to ascertain the effectiveness of the strategies. This is an overview of chapters 1 and 3, which you completed in ED629 (15 points) (Proposal Scoring Guide)

Practicum Project - Core Assessment -- The project has the potential of taking many forms, but it must be evident that it has addressed your stated objectives. It is expected that there be some written component (APA format) which will include a summary of the need and the environment in which the need exists. A literature review of current research and practice is appropriate and necessary in most cases. Relating the project to current best practice research is critical as is a description of the process used. Guidelines related to the structure of the written project follow. Chapters one through three, which were developed in ED629, will be refined and chapters four and five will be developed and submitted. (100 points) (Project Scoring Guide) Please note: The practicum project written paper serves as the core assessment activity for this course.  Core assessment activities are used for program evaluation and to ensure consistency of delivery across all instructional modalities.  While related to the project scoring guide, the scores earned on the Core Assessment Rubric (CAR) are not used in grade computation.Cover Page -- (1 page) Project title, your name, and date. (2 points*)

Table of Contents (1 page) Identify chapters, primary subheadings (if appropriate), and relevant page numbers. (3 points*)
Chapter 1 -- Introduction (1-3 pages) Establish the need for the project (the problem involved) and describe the environment in which the need/problem is found. (5 points*)
Chapter 2 -- Literature Review (5-10 pages) Summarize literature that addresses best practice related to the identified need/problem. Citations are required. (5 points*)
Chapter 3 -- Methodology (2-5 pages) Describe your plan of action, i.e. what procedures you used to address the need/problem and how. (5 points*)
Chapter 4 -- Results (1-3 pages) Report your findings, i.e. report your successes, failures, etc. (20 points*)
Chapter 5 -- Conclusions and Recommendation (1-2 pages) Summarize your project. What did you learn from doing the project. What suggestions/recommendations might you make to anyone attempting to address the same need/problem. (35 points*)
References (1-2 pages) References page should be structured according to APA format. For consistency, use a "hanging indent" format. (5 points)
APA Format - An additional 20 points will be awarded for spelling, punctuation, grammatical correctness and adherence to APA writing format.
* (Note: I have prepared a "tip sheet" for each of the five chapters. You may access these files from the "Document Sharing" section.)

Final Examination - An examination will be taken in person during the 8th week of instruction at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location approved by your instructor where Park University sites are not available. It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who will be accepted and approved by the instructor. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found at the Park University Website. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. A proctor request from will be made available to you during the first week of the class so that you can send your requested proctor to me for approval. Failure to take a final proctored exam will result in an automatic "F" grade. (65 points)

Grading:
Grading Scale – I will provide you with ongoing progress reports of your average grade throughout the term.

The grading scale is (300 points possible):

A = 270 - 300
B = 240 - 269
C = 210 - 239
D = 180 - 209
F = Less than 180

Submission of Late Work: This is a labor-intensive course which allows for considerable independence on the student's part. Success in this class depends on your staying current with the assignments and following established time lines. For this reason, I will make a 20% deduction each day that assignments are submitted late except for assignments due during week eight. In that I must submit grades no later than midnight Tuesday following the end of the course, no assignment will be accepted later than midnight Sunday of week eight. If something catastrophic comes up that makes a late submission unavoidable, you must notify me in advance.

Other Information on proctored exams:

It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor.
Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.
A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.
Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.
Some Graduate Online courses may not require a proctored Final Examination.
NOTE: A brief summary of all course assignments arranged by week may be found in the document sharing folder. This summary should provide you with a good checklist of work to be submitted.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Graduate Catalog Page 20-22

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Graduate Catalog Page 20-22

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Park University 2005-2006 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24

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 Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 learners 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: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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