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ED 629 Critical Reflections Seminar
Hunt, David Scott


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

ED629 Critical Reflections Seminar

Semester

F2P 2006 EDG

Faculty

Hunt, David Scott

Title

Adjunct Professor

Degrees/Certificates

BSED- Life Elementary grades k-8
MED- Elementary Administration- principal certification
EDD- General Administration- superintendent certification

Office Location

Blackburn Elementary  17302 R.D. Mize Rd. Independence, MO

Office Hours

Monday-Friday 8:00-4:00

Daytime Phone

816-478-2500

Other Phone

816-796-1042     816-719-6068 (cell)

E-Mail

David.Hunt@park.edu

dhunt1@indep.k12.mo.us

Semester Dates

October 25th through December 13th

Class Days

---W---

Class Time

5:00 - 9:30 PM

Prerequisites

ED516 and ED532

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
None- This course addresses the application of knowledge and competencies obtained throughout the master's degree program. No text is required.

Additional Resources:
Since APA style will be used in the writing of this paper, it is in the student's best interest to obtain a reference guide for the APA policies.  

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
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Course Description:
One of two concluding courses in the Master of Education designed 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 participant will do a major paper and make a presentation of that paper. The paper must be related to emphasis area.

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's role is to provide students with the opportunity to collaboratively interact in researching, presenting, discussing and applying information related to the course objectives. The instructor will provide a variety of learning and assessment opportunities including- writings, dialogues, quizzes, readings, lectures, examinations, videos and web sites.

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:
Participation- Student attendance and participation is essential in achieving maximum learning. It is generally expected that students will participate in and contribute to the classroom learning environment through the

critiquing and providing feedback about each others' writings. (35 points)

 

Proposal Outline- A brief outline of your proposal should be presented. Identify your problem and briefly explain what procedures you plan to use to solve it. (About 1 page double spaced) (5 points)

 

Formal Proposal (Chapters 1-3)- Each student will develop a proposal that describes the project. It should include a definition of the problem, a review of literature and a corresponding methodology. (120 points)

 

I. Define the Problem

  • state a well defined problem
  • identify possible solutions, again using current appropriate research
  • identify your solution and why you decided on your particular approach

II Review of Literature

  • include current and appropriate research in review
  • literature review should include multi-disciplinary perspectives when appropriate
  • the project needs to be related to current best practice research

III Methodology

  • action research design should be sound and relevant
  • data collection techniques should be workable and design should include triangulation of data sources (e.g. both quantitative and qualitative sources when possible)
  • hypothesis shoud be testable when included

Grading:

Participation         35

Intitial Proposal      5

Final Paper         120

Total                  160

 

Scale

144-160  A

128-143  B

112-127  C

96-111- D

0-95     F

 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Course Requirements Plan: Students are expected to take an active role in reading, researching, presenting, discussing and applying information related to the course objectives and learner outcomes. The personal experiences of course participants, and input they obtain from others in their schools and communities, are essential elements of course content. Therefore, attendance and active participation in each class meeting is very important. Each student is expected to complete weekly reading assignments, gather information as required by course activities, complete projects as assigned, and participate as a member of a cooperative learning group. Attendance-  Plan to attend all class sessions.  In the event of an unavoidable absence, and with prior notice and approval from the facilitator, the student may substitute an individual project or paper for work missed in class.  To receive full credit, however, the project or paper must be closely related to the course content and/or learner outcomes covered during the student's absence. A student who misses two classes will not be assigned a grade higher than “B”. A student who misses more than two classes will be referred to the University administration for discussion of the need to re-enroll in the class at a later time. Documenting  Sources- During the completion of course projects, you will be required to support your thoughts and positions through documenting (citing) authoritative sources in the filed of education. Written documentation (citations) should adhere to current APA guidelines. Preparation – Each student will be an important member of the learning community. Students will be expected to come to class prepared and ready to be a contributing member of the collaborative learning process. It is important to have completed all readings and preparatory work prior to the scheduled class session. A twenty percent  (20%) reduction will be assessed for work submitted after the scheduled class period for which it was due.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom or interferes with the learning of other students will be subject to disciplinary action ranging from dismissal from the classroom to expulsion from Park University.  Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending the class under influence of drugs or alcohol, excessive tardiness, and excessive absences.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Oct. 25th-

  • get aquainted activities
  • brainstorm possible educational needs/problems
  • discussion of Chapter 1
  • action research
  • submit proposals according to guidelines provided (Due Nov. 1)

Nov. 1st and 8th

  • submit Chapter 1 for peer review
  • peer and instructor review of proposals and Chapter 1
  • suggestions provided
  • Discussion of Chapter 2
  • Chapter 1 is due no later than Nov. 8

Nov. 15 class will start at 6:15

  • Submit Chapter 2 for peer review (Nov. 15th)
  • Peer and instructor review of Chapter 2 with suggestions
  • Discussion of Chapter 3
  • Chapter 2 due no later than Nov. 29

Nov. 22 No Class

Nov. 29 and Dec. 6

  • Submit Chapter 3 for peer review (Nov. 29)
  • Reflective comments (what would you do differently if you had it to do over again?)
  • Final instructor review with suggestions for final proposal
  • Chapter 3 is due no later than Dec. 6

Dec. 13

  • final project due no later than Dec. 13
  • discussion related to final project
  • course evaluation

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 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24

Plagiarism:

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 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24


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 in excess of four (4) class periods, in a 16-week semester (or 2, in an 8-week term) will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Dean, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified by mail that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 27

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:9/28/2006 7:09:47 AM