ED629 Critical Reflections Seminar

for S1P 2010

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ED 629 Critical Reflections Seminar


S1P 2010 DL


Fields, Barbara


SFE Coordinator MAT Program, Assist Professor of Education


PhD  Curriculum and Instruction
MA & EdSpec  Educational Administation
BA  Education

Office Location

Watson Literacy Center 330 B

Office Hours

Monday 10:00-3:00,  Tuesday 11:45-1:45, Thursday 11:45-12:45

Daytime Phone


Other Phone




Semester Dates

January 11, 2010-March 7, 2010

Class Days


Class Time



Prefer to have taken ED554

Credit Hours



There is no required textbook for ED629.
Student must have access to APA Manual, 6th edition.

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Course Description:
ED629 Critical Reflections Seminar: 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 write a major paper and make a presentation of that paper. The paper must be related to the emphasis area/strand. Prerequisite: 15 hours in the program including ED516.
a. General studies
b. School law
c. Multicultural
d. Teaching at-risk students
e. Early childhood
f. Adult education

Educational Philosophy:

I believe in the power and potential of online instruction and the potential for the field of education.  Significant student interaction opportunities exist each week.  Dedicated reading, evaluating, and sythesizing on the topics are required.  Students should expect to be supported, assessed, and recognized by their facilitator.   Students will also support one another in a like manner.

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)

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. The number in parentheses relate to the relevant Missouri Standards for teacher
  2. education programs.  The numbers will not necessarily be relevant for non-Missouri students.  The project selected will largely determine the specific MOSTEP standards addressed.  It is expected, that the completed project will have demonstrated most, if not all, of the standards.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Weekly Online Discussions = 20 Points each for 8 Weeks=160 Points
Due Weekly deadlines on Thursday and Sunday at  midnight MST.
Journal Entries=10 Points each for 5 Weeks=50 Points
Due Weekly on Sunday at midnight MST.
Writing Assessment=20 Points
Due Week 1 Sunday at midnight MST.
Paper Ideas=10 Points
Due Week 1 Sunday at midnight MST.
Working or Process Abstract=10 Points
Due Week 2 Sunday at midnight MST.
Chapter 1, Draft 1=20 Points
Due Week 3 Sunday at midnight MST.
IRB Assignment=20 Points
Due Week 4 Sunday at midnight MST
Chapter 2, Draft 1=40 Points
Due Week 5 Sunday at midnight MST
Chapter 3, Draft 1=40 Points
Due Week 6 Sunday at midnight MST
Final Proposal (Chapters 1-3)=100 Points
Due Week 8 Wednesday at midnight MST
Final Proctored Exam=50 Points
Due Week 8 Sunday at midnight MST
Total Points=520
Additional Requirements:
All students must complete both items A and B in order to receive a passing grade in ED629.  No points are awarded for these activities.
1.  Complete the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research (OER) online tutorial:  Protecting Human Research Participants.
2.  Submit an IRB (Institutional Review Board) application online to the Park University IRB. 


A= 476-520
F=0-329 Points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All assignments must be completed and submitted by the due date.  Students will receive a reduction in points for each day the assignment is late.  No assignment will be accepted that is more than 4 days late, unless arrangements have been made in advance with the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Commonly rules of etiquette apply at all times to the class.  1.  Encouraging words;  2.  Kindness; 3. Respect; 4.  Proper grammar and spelling; 5. Tact;  6.  Honesty.
Students should use email to communicate with the professor or other students for private messages.  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. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Listed above.

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 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 31


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 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 31-32

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 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 35

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 .

Additional Information:

Students will receive a response to questions with 48 hours of the post. 


Students should read announcements and posts in the facilitator's virtual office upon entering the class.


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