HN302 Honors Scholarship

for FA 2009

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HN 302 Honors Scholarship


FA 2009 HOC


Ebright, Ladonna E.


assistant professor


BA: Park College, Elementary Education; BS; Kansas University, Special Education.
Certification: Elementary Education K-8; Special Education K-12 in Learning Disabilities, Behavior Disorders, Mental Retardation, Psycological Examiner and School Psychologist.

Office Location

Downtown Park 911 Main, Kansas City, MO 64105, suite 903

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

(816) 559-5632

Other Phone

(816) 210-4958


Semester Dates

August 17- December 11

Class Days


Class Time



HN 300 and continuation in program

Credit Hours



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Course Description:
This course must be taken a minimum of two (2) semesters and can be taken for an additional semester. The continued participation in the Program requires approval of the advisor(s) and the Honors Committee. The advisor(s) will directly oversee and guide the student and the student must continue to progress in their plan of study. 2:0:2 Prerequisite: HN300

Educational Philosophy:

1. The student and honors advisor should meet weekly throughout the course of the project to discuss concerns, progress, and expectations.  It is important to maintain an open line of communication.
2. The student should expect to spend an average of 9-12 hours per week working on their project; thus, over the course of 16 week semester, the student will devote approximately 150-175 hours per semester to their honors project.  The nature of research means that there will be some weeks where little time is spent on the project and other times when the student will be spending all their spare time working on research.
3.  Plan the path of exploration and writing for this and subsequent semesters.
4. Plan the final project and the presentations to be made by the end.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Attend available conferences for professional development in Early Childhood Education
  2. Continue connections with Kansas City area agencies in childcare and child development programs.
  3. Visit at least one school/agency using "green" products/equipment/environment.
  4. Data collection to compare learning with commercial building materials and recycled materials building materials in the preschool setting.
Class Assessment:

Assessment will include:

  • Attendance at regular meetings with honors advisor or professor
  • Written progress reports at interval agreed upon by the advisor and student
  • Attendance at Honors meetings as called for by the Honors Committee
  • Presentation of research progress

The grade will be determined by the completion of the Assessment items and the progress of the project.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

  • Complete any details left in IRB process
  • Complete all forms needed for data process 
Visit each of the 3 sites involved in the project (Berkley Early Childhood Development Center, Northland Head Start and Freda Markley Early childhood school)
   First visit to observe children using conventional building materials - data collection
   Second visit, introduce change of environment by adding recycled materials to building materials- data collection
   Third visit, meet with teachers for suggestions and observation of children using both materials- data collection
   Fourth visit: make necessary changes- data collection
   Continue weekly visits to each site taking data each time on use of the materials in the building materials area.- data collection two weeks in October.
   Last week in October, pull all data together (6 weeks- 1 week with regular materials and 5 weeks with new environment)  At the 6th week, meet with teachers to collect final data and feedback from the teacher's perspective of the project.
   Nov 2 Complete Power Point for update of project
   Nov 9: Review findings and power point with Mentor
   Nov 20 - Honor's Update
   Nov 23 - Review feedback from Honors update
   Nov 30 Make adjustments and began kto prepare plan for final evaluation
December 4 - Fall Class ends


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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 "F".
  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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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: .


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