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ED 495 Statistics for Teachers
Schulte, Marthann


Mission Statement: 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.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

ED 495 Statistics for Teachers

Semester

S2P 2006 ED

Faculty

Schulte, Marthann

Title

Assistant Professor, School for Education

E-Mail

mschulte@park.edu

Semester Dates

Spring II 2006

Class Days

----R--

Class Time

5:00 - 9:30 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Aron, A., Aron, E. and Coups, E. (2005). Statistics for the behavioral and social sciences: A brief course. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall. ISBN: 0-13-147452-9  Note: The listed ISBN includes the student version of SPSS which is a course requirement.

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore


Course Description:
This course is designed to teach teachers basic concepts of statistics: sampling and measurement; descriptive statistics; probability distributions and statistical inference, including tests of significance. It assumes no prior coursework in statistics but fluency in arithmetic, the use of a hand held calculator, and 2 years of high school algebra are mandatory. May be taken for graduate credit if admitted to graduate program and with permission of Director of Graduate Education.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the ability to collect, analyze, and interpret data, especially numerical information.  [1.2.8.1, 1.2.8.3]
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of populations, samples, and sampling techniques. [1.2.8.1, 1.2.8.3]
  3. Organize and present data visually through graphs, histograms, frequency distributions, and stem-leaf displays.  [1.2.7.3, 1.2.8.4]
  4. Apply appropriate measures of central tendency and variation to analyze and interpret data. [1.2.8.1, 1.2.8.3]
  5. Apply the basic principles of probability as related to the statistical applications. [1.2.8.1]
  6. Identify, apply, and evaluate varying practical uses for statistical procedures within the educational environment. [1.2.4.3, 1.2.5.1, 1.2.8.1, 1.2.8.3, 1.2.8.4, 1.2.9.1]


Core Assessment:


Class Assessment:
• Participation - Student attendance and participation is essential in achieving maximum learning.  It is generally expected that students will attend all scheduled class sessions and contribute to the classroom learning.  Class discussion and group participation each class meeting – 8 at 10 points = 80 points.
• Weekly Worksheet- Students will complete the weekly worksheet. The worksheets are intended to be open book in nature  and may used as study guides for course activities. {7 at 10 points each = 70 points total
• Statistical Applications (Simulated/Actual)  - Students will use the statistical procedures and principles addressed each week to evaluate data and to make informed educational decisions related to curriculum development and revision, and/or the improvement of instructional practice. {7 at 10 points each = 70 points
• Weekly Reflections/Lessons Learned - Each student should submit a weekly reflection journal.  These are personal reflection journals. In other words, they are what you think and believe related to what you are learning!  Reflections should not be simply a summary of classroom activities.  {8 at 10 points each = 80 points (
• Final examination/Project - A final examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment on the 8th week of the course (100 points).  

Grading:
A = 360 - 400
B = 320 - 359
C = 280 - 319
D = 240 - 279
F = 239 or less

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Submission of Late Work: Finally, all assignments must be completed and submitted by the due date.  You will receive a reduction in your score for each day that your assignment is late as indicated by the scoring rubric.  No assignment may be submitted that is more than four days late unless arrangements have been made in advance with the instructor.  

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 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

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 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

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.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

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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