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ED 516 Introduction to Graduate Research
Fraunfelter, Eric


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 516 Introduction to Graduate Research

Semester

U1P 2007 DL

Faculty

Fraunfelter, Eric

Title

Adjunct Faculty Park University

Degrees/Certificates

BA:  History-Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA
MS:  Educational Administration-Capella University, Minneapolis, MN
Completing Ph.D. in Instructional and Curriculum Leadership at Northcentral Univeristy, Prescott, AZ

Office Location

Online

Daytime Phone

610-588-4551

E-Mail

Eric.Fraunfelter@pirate.park.edu

ericfraun42@yahoo.com

Semester Dates

June 4, 2007-July 28, 2007

Class Days

Online

Class Time

Online

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Text: Teacher as Reflective Practitioner and Action Researcher (2002)
Author: Parsons and Brown
ISBN: 0-534-55711-2
Text Ordering:
http://direct.mbsbooks.com/park.htm

Text: An Elusive Science:  The Troubling History of Education Research (2000)
Author: Ellen Condliffe Lageman
ISBN: 0-226-46772-4
Text Ordering:
http://direct.mbsbooks.com/park.htm

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Current educational research articles and other selected readings will also be discussed.

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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Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email helpdesk@parkonline.org or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275). To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the http://parkonline.org website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.
FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.

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.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.
Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Please contact your Campus Center for advising or enrollment adjustment information.
Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email helpdesk@parkonline.org or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275). To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the http://parkonline.org website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.
FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.


Course Description:
An introduction to both qualitative and quantitative research, including research design. The purpose of this course is to enable the educator to become an informed consumer of research. Prerequisite: An intermediate college level statistics course. 3 cr.

Educational Philosophy:

My personal philosophy of education is a critical element in my approach to guiding students along the path of reaching thier academic goals. I believe in combining the five key elements of educational theories into the classroom for a variety of experiences. These include Essentialism, Perennialism, Progressivism, Existentialism, and Behaviorism. I believe that teachers must inspire learning in addition to just relating required facts. I believe that all children can achieve their full potential as they follow the educational path, if they are given the basics the Essentialists extol, the individualism and cooperative learning environments the Progressivists commend, and the reinforcement of Behaviorism. The vision I hold for future learners reflects all of these points. It is my hope that, as I impart the knowledge needed, I will also manage to inspire and motivate my students to seek more by showing them that they can enjoy the life long process of learning. I believe my job as a teacher is to impart knowledge, develop intellectual independence, instill moral and political values, recount the nature of education-related concepts and explain the sources and legitimacy of educational authority. I believe all students deserve the development of academic, social and emotional skills so that they are holistically prepared to become independent, self-confident, productive members of their communities and society.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Investigate, read and understand research on current educational issues as measured in course papers. (MoStep 1.2.9 & 1.2.3)
  2. Identify and discuss contemporary issues in educational research and psychology during classroom discussion. (MoStep 1.2.1 & 1.2.2)
  3. Distinguish between quantitative and qualitative research and critically analyze these methodologies during class discussion. (MoStep 1.2.8 & 1.2.7)
  4. Analyze the progression of scientific though and better understand its influence in education as part of participation grade. (MoStep 1.2.6 & 1.2.4)
  5. Understand the interrelatedness between educational research and teacher practice as demonstrated in classroom assignments. (MoStep 1.2.4 & 1.2.5)
  6. Construct a teacher research proposal, which corresponds to actual classroom problems and/or issues. (MoStep 1.2.9 & 1.2.1)


Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Weekly reading Discussion Questions

Weekly lecture Discussion Questions

Rough draft of term paper (action research proposal)

Journal entries

Term paper (action research proposal)

Proctored final examination

Grading:

Week 1:
Discussion (reading)= 1 pt.
Discussion (guided activity)= 1 pt.
 
Week 2:
Journal= 1 pt.
Discussion (reading)= 1 pt.
Discussion (guided activity)= 2 pts.
 
Week 3:
Journal= 1 pt.
Discussion (reading)= 2 pts.
Discussion (guided activity)= 2 pts.
 
Week 4:
Journal= 1 pt.
Discussion (reading)= 2 pts.
Discussion (guided activity)= 1 pt.
 
Week 5:
Journal= 1 pt.
Discussion (reading)= 2 pts.
Discussion (guided activity)= 2 pts.
Article Critique= 20 pts.
 
Week 6:
Journal= 1 pt.
Discussion (reading)= 1 pt.
Discussion (guided activity)= 2 pts.
 
Week 7:
Journal= 1 pt.
Discussion (reading)= 2 pts.
Discussion (guided activity)= 2 pts.
Core Learning Assignment= 30 pts.
 
Week 8:
Discussion (guided activity)= 1 pt.
Final Exam= 20 pts.
 
Course Total:  100 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Assignments that are completed and/or submitted after the due date and time are subject to a point reduction.  More specific information on late assignments are listed in each assignment grading rubric.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday at 12 PM CST. The first week begins the first day of the term. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed and successfully submitted by the due date.

Basic Rules for Online Participation

    • Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The Conference areas (discussion threads), Office area and Get Help areas are for public messages and all writings in these areas can be viewed by the entire class.
    • All students will participate in weekly Online discussions.  Proper "on-line etiquette," which includes courtesy to all users, will be strictly observed.

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

Policy #2:  Save your work: Save every piece of work you complete to your computer’s harddrive 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.

Policy #3:  Communication: If you are experiencing any confusion over course material, technical difficulties that are not being resolved and are preventing you from completing your assignments, or general questions about the course, please inform me as soon as possible. 

Policy #4:  Announcements and Questions:  The Announcements (found in the Course Home main page), Office (under the Course Home section) and directions for each assignment are the best sources for finding answers about course procedures and policies.  However, if you do not see your question addressed in these areas, please post your question in the Office discussion thread or to the proper assignment/discussion thread.  Posting your questions in the threaded discussion area will allow your fellow students to benefit from your questions.  And remember, there are no stupid/silly questions.  We are all here to learn!

Policy #5:  E-Mail Procedures and Submitting

    • General e-mail: When sending e-mail other than assignments, you should identify yourself fully by name and class.
    • My Response Policy:  I will check my e-mail frequently. I will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours (unless I notify you previously that I will be unavailable).
    • When files are sent attached to an email, the files should be in either Microsoft Word, RTF, or PDF file formats.

Policy #6  Workload:  Each week’s assignments must be completed by the end of that week (Midnight CST on Sunday).  Assignments received after this time will receive a reduction in the score each day that your assignment is late.

Policy #7  Online Etiquette: All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact.  Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course.  What you put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism. 

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:5/23/2007 8:15:29 PM