ED629 Critical Reflections Seminar

for F2P 2008

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ED 629 Critical Reflections Seminar


F2P 2008 DL


Dennis, Kay S.


Assistant Professor of Adult Education



Office Location

Beaufort, North Carolina

Office Hours

Tuesday, 4-5:00 p.m. CT and Friday, 9-11:00 a.m. CT

Daytime Phone

252.241.9463 during office hours or as arranged



Semester Dates

Oct. 20 - Dec. 14, 2008


As noted in Park University Graduate Catalog.

Credit Hours



Textbooks: None required. Current educational research articles and other selected readings will be discussed. 

Students are encouraged to own a copy of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.), commonly known as APA.

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Course Description:


Course Description: ED 629 is one of two concluding courses in the Master of Education program to complete the praxis model. This course is designed to focus on current issues in education and is the reflection part of the experience. Each student will write a major paper and make a presentation of that paper. The paper must be related to your emphasis area. Prerequisite: 15 hours in the program including ED516 and ED532. The emphasis areas include:

a. general studies
b. school law
c. multi-cultural
d. teaching at-risk students
e. early childhood
f. adult education


Educational Philosophy:

I guide learning through strategies that integrate the life experiences and interests of students. I strive to support their learning by (1) creating an organized, positive, and interactive learning climate, (2) clarifying performance expectations through rubrics, dialogue, and timely feedback, (3) encouraging reflection, and (4) assessing achievement.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. The student will demonstrate knowledge of current issues in education using research and writings. (1.2.1 -1.2.11)
  2. The student will utilize critical thinking including the ability to analyze, evaluate, and creatively find solutions to current issues in education. (1.2.1 -1.2.11)
  3. The student will utilize writing to demonstrate the ability to think critically and to propose supportable solutions to educational issues. (1.2.1 -1.2.11)
  4. The student will demonstrate the ability to intellectually present and discuss educational issues. (1.2.1 -1.2.11)
  5. The student will demonstrate an understanding of what it means to be a reflective educator. (1.2.1 -1.2.11)

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Assessment: This is a writing-intensive course. All writing is assessed according to the guidelines published in the 5th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). If you have difficulty with academic writing, which differs from other forms of writing, you are strongly encouraged to avail yourself of the services available online from Smarthinking. The instructor reserves the option to require students to consult a Smarthinking tutor at some point during the course.

Course requirements:




Weekly discussions

20 x 8 wks. = 160

Thur. & Sunday midnight

Journal entries

20 x 5 wks. = 100

Thur. & Sunday midnight

Ideas paper


Wk. 1, Sunday midnight

Working abstract


Wk. 2, Sunday midnight

Ch. 1, first draft


Wk. 3, Sunday midnight

IRB assignment


Wk. 4, Sunday midnight

Ch. 2, first draft


Wk. 5, Sunday midnight

Ch. 3, first draft


Wk. 6, Sunday midnight

Proposal (Ch. 1-3)


Wk. 8, Wednesday midnight

Final proctored exam


Wk. 8, Sunday midnight

Total points for course



 Required / ungraded activities: (Required for a passing grade for the course)

1.     Complete the National Institutes of Health Office of Extramural Research online tutorial, Protecting Human Research Participants.

2.     Submit an online application to the Park University Institutional Review Board (IRB). 
Course policies: A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday morning and Sunday midnight MT. The first week begins the first day of the term. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week are to be completed and submitted by the due date.

Final examination: A computerized examination will be written in a proctored environment during Week 8 at one of the Park University sites around the country, or at an alternative location. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website. 

1.     Each student is responsible for obtaining a proctor and scheduling the final examination. The proctor must be approved by the course instructor. Your proctor request must be submitted no later than Sunday of Week 5.

2.     Approval of proctors rests with the discretion of the instructor. 

3.     A proctor request form will be made available during the first week of class.

4.     Failure to take the proctored final examination (or failure to complete all assignments) will result in an automatic grade of "F" for the course. 


Examples of plagiarism:

v      Using quoted material without quotation marks

v      Presenting quoted material without citing the full source (including page number, so that  interested readers can locate your source material)

v      Failure to acknowledge and document the source of an idea or phraseat the point where it is utilized in your writing

v      Lifting ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and fully documenting the source

v      Copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book

v      Incorrect paraphrasing

v      Submitting an assignment of any kind, when prepared by another person, and passing it off as one's own

v      Copying from the Internet even when the material is not copyrighted

All work submitted by you is expected to be your own work and not that of anyone else. Published works must be cited correctly. As noted previously, you are urged to own a copy of the APA Manual (5th ed.).

You will receive one warning of incorrect APA citation style. Thereafter, if evidence of dishonesty or deception occurs, you will receive a failing grade for the assignment and for the course.



All work submitted by you is to be your own work. If evidence of cheating is discovered, you will receive a failing grade for the assignment and for the course.




460 – 500

92 -100


415 – 459

83 - 91


350 – 414

70 - 82


300 – 349

60 - 69


    0 - 299

 0 - 59


Late Submission of Course Materials:

Due to the accelerated pace of this course, assignments are not accepted late, except under extreme circumstances and with prior instructor approval. Assignments submitted late will receive a 3-point grade reduction for each day the assignment is overdue. No assignment will be accepted after the fourth day following the due date.  

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Communication: If you have general questions or confusion about some aspect of the course, or if unresolved technical difficulties are preventing you from completing an assignment, please contact the instructor promptly.

Announcements and questions:  The Syllabus is your best source for information on course procedures and policies. However, if you do not see your question addressed, please post your question to the Office, or in the proper weekly discussion thread. Posting your questions in a threaded discussion area will allow all students to benefit from the questions and answers. 

Rules of Conduct

o        Please use email, voice over IP, or telephone for private messages to the instructor and other students. The Discussions and Office are reserved for non-sensitive messages, since all postings in these areas can be viewed by the entire class.

o        All students are expected to participate in weekly discussions. Proper "online etiquette," which includes courtesy to all users, will be strictly observed.


o                    General e-mail: Post general course questions to the "Office" and weekly "Discussion" threads. When email communication with the instructor is necessary for confidential or grading questions, please identify yourself by surname and class.

o                    Instructor Response Policy:  I check my e-mail daily. I will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours (unless I notify you that I will be unavailable temporarily).

o                    Please attach no files to an email; use the Dropbox in eCollege. All files should be in Microsoft Word (.doc) format.

Online etiquette: All communications should be composed with fairness, honesty and tact. Professionalism, spelling and grammar are very important in an online course. 

Technical problems:  If you experience computer difficulties, please contact the eCollege helpdesk via telephone(toll free)at 1-866-301-PARK (7275) or by email at helpdesk@parkonline.org.

Precaution: Promptly save every piece of work you complete to your computer’s hard drive or another storage device. This will ensure that a computer problem or potential problems with Internet components (browsers, servers, etc.) won't negate your efforts.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Weekly discussions (20 pts. x 8)
Every Thur. & Sun. 11:59 p.m. MT.
Journal entries (10 pts. x 5)
Every Sunday 11:59 p.m. MT.
Paper ideas
Week 1 Sunday 11:59 p.m. MT.
Working abstract
Week 2 Sunday 11:59 p.m. MT.
Chapter 1 first draft
Week 3 Sunday 11:59 p.m. MT.
IRB assignment
Week 4 Sunday 11:59 p.m. MT.
Chapter 2 first draft
Week 5 Sunday 11:59 p.m. MT.
Chapter 3 first draft
Week 6 Sunday 11:59 p.m. MT.
Final proposal (Ch. 1-3)
Week 8 Wednesday 11:59 p.m. MT.
Final proctored exam
Week 8 Sunday 11:59 p.m. MT.

Additional Requirements

Mandatory for successful completion of ED 629. These non-graded activities are required for a passing grade course grade: 

A.  Complete the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research (OER) online tutorial, Protecting Human Research Participants.

B.  Submit an IRB (Institutional Review Board) application (online) to the Park  University IRB.

Academic Honesty:
As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 25


Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct.  Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 25

Attendance Policy:

Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences for two successive weeks, without approved excuse, will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Executive Director for the Graduate School, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog Page 29

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. 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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Last Updated:10/19/2008 11:10:00 AM