COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBER: ED 532
COURSE TITLE: Teaching and Learning: Theory into
COURSE DESCRIPTOR: does not apply
TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT: Fall 2004
NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER: Dr. C. Ann Wentz
TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER: Associate Professor of
FACULTY OFFICE LOCATION: Room 213 Copley Hall
FACULTY OFFICE HOURS: graduates students by
FACULTY OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER: 816-741-2000 ex.
FACULTY PARK EMAIL ADDRESS: email@example.com
OTHER FACULTY EMAIL ADDRESS:firstname.lastname@example.org
FACULTY WEB PAGE ADDRESS: C. Ann Wentz@captain.park.edu
DATES OF THE TERM: Fall II
CLASS SESSIONS DAYS: Wednesdays
CLASS SESSION TIME: 5:00 pm-9:30 p.m.
PREREQUISITE(S): ED 499
CREDIT HOURS: 3hr.
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
Park University will be a renowned international
leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the
Teaching and Learning: Theory into Practice – current theories and research on
the topics of learning, motivation, teacher thinking, and effective teachings
are reviewed and updated. Classroom applications will be stressed: students must
complete and application project in which they apply current theory in teaching
and learning to an actual classroom problem.
FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: (Your educational
philosophy. Example: The instructor’s educational philosophy is one of
inter-activeness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations,
internet, videos, web sites and writings. The instructor will engage each
learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively
exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions.)
COURSE OBJECTIVES: On
completion of this course, students should be able to –
COURSE TEXTBOOK(S): Approaches
to Teaching, Gary Fenstermacher (1992) Teacher’s College
Learning, by D.C. Phillips (2004) Teacher’s College Press
Elements of Learning, by
James Banner & Harold Cannon(1999) Yale University Press
Elements of Teaching, by
James Banner & Harold Cannon(1991 Yale University Press
ACADEMIC HONESTY: “Academic Honesty is required of
all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or
plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students
who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from
PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism—the appropriation or
imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as
one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance.
Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult
ATTENDANCE POLICY: Instructors are required to keep
attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for
cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.
Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of
enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of
two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student
will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete
will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded
for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans
Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused
absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the
appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports
of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for
students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will
be reported to the appropriate agency.
LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE
MATERIALS: A traditional percentage grading scale will be utilized. 100-90 = A,
89-80 = B. Lower grades are not acceptable for graduate credit. Late work will
be docked points equal to twenty percent each week late. Work written in class
will not be made up.
/Attendance: This is an especially important in an accelerated course of this
kind. Any single class cannot be made up fully, so avoid absences and/or being
tardy if at all possible. A make up assignment may be assigned at the
instructor’s discretion for one excused absence (the final grade will be
effected subsequently). Constructive classroom participation is a part of this
grade. As a result attendance and participation is needed for class. This part
will count 30%. In addition, a presentation of a portion of one of the four
texts read in class will be equal to 20 % of final grade. Instructors are
required to keep attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be
granted by the professor for medical reason, school sponsored activities, and
employment –related demands including temporary duty. The student is responsible
for missed work. Absences in excess of 2 in an 8wk term will be reported to the
Dean or Director of the individual graduate program for appropriate action. Any
student failing to attend a class for two consecutive weeks, without approved
excuse will be institutionally withdrawn (unofficially withdrawn) and notified
that an “F” will be recorded unless the student initiates official withdrawal
from the class.
2. Teacher Research Focus Project: This final
project will include a description of action research and its various goals
with two outside resources on the topic (besides the two I will provide), your
proposed action research problem, rationale, critiques of six (6) juried
research articles on your topic and a bibliography. The first portion of the
paper on “action research” will be discussed in class and will probably be about
3-6 pages. Since we are not in this class actually doing the action research,
you will attach the critiques with some sentences of transition at the end of
the first section. This project will be adapted for those learners not
currently teaching in a classroom of their own. A rough draft of observation
notes will be due during week four. The instructor will be available for
individual assistance on this assignment. Final projects are due during the
final week of class and the class will present their findings to others during
a discussion. A resource for this project is-
http://gse.gmu.edu/research/tr/Traction.shtml Another possibility among
many is to use Ebsco Host and type in key words for your topic. There are many
sites based on Action Research for reading. This core project will count 40% of
your final grade.
3. Course Assignments:
A presentation of the research articles relevant to your topic will be
assigned. Each student will have a portion of time depending on the number of
students in class. As a result of the preliminary reading you will decide on
focus areas or domains that are of interest within your focus topic and relate
these the class. Prepare a handout of focus areas or domains to share with the
class You must use juried articles. Research searches in the journals can be
conducted in the library or on line. In the library at Park you can sometimes
get entire articles. They can also access other library systems. You can go to-(http://ericir.syr.edu/Qa/),
http://www.aspensys.com/eric, and (http://beta.open.k12.or/arowhelp).
This in class presentation will count 10% of the final grade.
CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT= Computers make writing
and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though
that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drive
crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in
spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive,
and print out paper copies for backup purposes.) Please turn off pagers and
phones, observe breaks the class takes unless it is an emergency.
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 American with Disabilities
Act of 1990, regarding students 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:
Introduction to the course, discussion on “Teaching and
Culture”, and the “Reflective Teacher”. We will assign sections of the four
texts sharing content. Think about a topic for Action Research.
“Teaching for Social Change” and “Critical Thinking”.
Be ready to discuss Approaches to Teaching, Fenstermacher,
Discuss Approaches to Teaching , Chap. 5-6
Library research as a class for articles on action research. ( We will
probably do this first and meet in the library near the front desk. )
Discuss The Elements of Teaching –Banner, entire
text. Collect critiques of two research articles on the action research
topic specific to you.
Read entire text and be ready to discuss
Perspectives on Learning, Phillips.
Time if needed to finish Perspectives, and move
on to Elements of Learning , Banner Chap. 1-8
Finish Elements Chap. 9-17. Begin presentations of
Action Research. Time will be determined based on class size.
Presentations continue and evaluations. Your graded
work will be saved for the portfolio. You may pick up in the new year.
GRADING PLAN: (This section is where you list your
course grading plan(s) for assessment measures.
Example: Examinations Two
100 point each)
any student who misses three classes, regardless of whether or not the absence
is excused, will be administratively withdrawn.