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Park University School for Education Conceptual Framework
ED 500 Foundations of Adult Education
F1P 2010 DL
Associate Professor of Adult Education
PhD, Cornell UniversityM.S. Texas A&M UniversityB.S. Texas A&M University
Monday (2:30pm - 3:30pm)
Title: Philosophical Foundations of Adult Education
Author: J.L. Elias & S.B. Merriam
Title: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 6th ed.
Author: American Psychological Association
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Author: J.L. Elias & S.B. Merriam
Author: American Psychological Association
Publisher: American Psychological Association
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Core Learning Assessment: ED 500
Below please find the core learning assessment for ED 500. The assessment meets all course learning outcomes except number one. Attached is the grading rubric which documents course elements required in the assignment.
At the completion of this course learners will be able to:
Alvord Reflection Paper: 125 points : The Scalpel and The Silver Bear reading
The goal of this reflection paper is to serve as a final synthesis of your learning from ED 500 and to incorporate a cultural perspective with which you may or may not be familiar. Consider all aspects of the course and reflect on how Dr. Alvord’s story illustrates your insights into adult learning theory and the effect your insights have on you as an adult educator. Consider not only Dr. Alvord’s experience but the environments and contexts in which she finds herself. There is a vast amount of material in this story – I am not looking for a recounting of the story, rather I am looking for a critical reflection of the story and environmental context in relation to adult learning and you as an adult education provider. The paper length will depend on your insights, but to accomplish the reflection adequately I would expect a minimum of five – seven pages, (exclusive of your cover sheet and reference list), double spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point, and 1” margins.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Each assignment is allocated points based upon the academic quality and thoroughness of the assignment, which are then added together to obtain the final letter grade. To assist you in meeting the expected grading criteria for assignments, grading rubrics are posted for all assignments including participation under the Course Home. Please pay attention to the rubrics as all the quantitative grading criteria is provided.
Readings – Textbook, articles, and other readings as assigned during the term
Lectures – PowerPoint presentations and text based lectures
Field Trips - Weekly visits to websites that provide services to adult learners
ASSESSMENT OF COURSE OBJECTIVES
For Grading Criteria & Details See the Specific Rubric Under DocSharing
Field Trip Response: 10 points each = 80 points
Each week you will go on a virtual “field trip” to a location which provides services to adult learners in some fashion. Explore the web site thoroughly and by Thursday midnight, post a personal response to your new learning about adult education as a result of the visit; then respond to comments posted by other class members. DO NOT critique the web site - you are looking for content. See the grading rubric in the DocSharing for more details.
1. Attend the Field Trip each week;
2. Apply that week’s readings, Concepts, and web site to the Field Trip for that week (use APA citations to support your comments);
3. Post at a minimum a three quality paragraph response and your insights on adult education as a result of the visit in the menu Field Trip by midnight Thursday;
4. Please note if the instructor posts additional questions you are to respond as they will be included in your total points;
5. Respond to two other class member’s comments by midnight Sunday.
Suggestions for Online participation:
History Discussion: 25 points
While this is not a course in the history of adult education, there is a need to briefly review the history of adult education as a means to set a framework for the field as a profession. During Week 1, you will watch a video on the World War II GI Bill and the overall impact it had on adult education. In addition, you will review a PowerPoint with the highlights of adult education in the United States.
1. Watch the GI Bill video;
2. Review the PowerPoint on adult education in the US;
3. Respond to the question in the GI Bill Discussion Thread by midnight Friday;
4. Comment to one other class member’s comments by midnight Sunday.
Philosophy Group Analysis: 7 at 15 points each = 105 points (group grade)
In this course we will explore the major philosophies of adult education. Starting in Week 2, you will work in groups to discuss the philosophies and identify the group's conclusions of the various philosophies.
As group you will identify:
1. Week 1 you will be assigned to a group;
2. Starting in Week 2 and each week thereafter your group will work together to discuss the philosophy of the week in a private group discussion area;
3. As a group you will post in the Philosophy Discussion Thread your groups conclusions no later than midnight on Saturday;
1. bulleted lists for the strengths/weakness are fine as long as the points can be understood;
2. please do not repeat the strengths/weakness from the book – as a group develop the lists from your own insights;
4. Place your Group Summary in .doc or .rtf format the Dropbox no later than midnight Saturday;
5. Grading will be for the group as a whole with one aspect for individual participation in the weekly discussions;
1. it is highly suggested that you:
1. divide the tasks on a weekly basis (share the workload);
2. post early in the week;
3. allow for edits of content before posting and submission;
4. if you have problem with a group member not doing their fair share, you need to be honest with them and ask them to do their fair share of the work.
6. As an individual you will respond to one other group's postings no later than midnight Sunday.
Journal Critique: 100 points
As a learner, facilitator, and/or practitioner, it is essential that you become aware of your discipline and the current issues and trends in adult education and training. One of the better methods of accomplishing this is through a review of the current literature in academic journals (academic journals are refereed and often report out on research or new theory). You must locate a current (2005 - today) peer reviewed research article from a journal and critique the article as a viable research resource. You will write a five – six page critique using APA format (critique can mean strengths as well as weaknesses) and post in the Dropbox no later than midnight Saturday of Week 4. DO NOT REPEAT the article. Critique the article using the following guiding questions:
1. Identify the purpose of the article.
2. Identify the author(s) and resource information.
3. If a research article is it qualitative or quantitative?
4. If a research article what is/are the research question(s)?
5. If a research article what are the weakness and strengths of the research methods?
6. How big is the sampling?
7. What biases are evident in the questions, research methodology, or findings?
8. What are the findings of the article?
9. What are the weakness and strengths of the article?
10. How does the article apply to adult education?
11. What questions do have concerning the research?
12. And other items you determine relevant.
1. Read your selected article;
2. Use the Grading Rubric;
3. Write a critique of No more than six pages;
4. Upload a copy of your paper in Word or .rtf in the Dropbox by Saturday midnight of Week 4.
An excellent resource for the program and upcoming research papers:
Galvan, J.L. (2004). Writing literature reviews: A guide for students of the social and behavioral sciences. Glendale, CA: Pyrczak.
Adult Education: Reflections, Applications, and PhilosophyPaper: 175 points - CORE ASSESSMENT
The goal of this paper is to serve as a final synthesis of your learning from ED 500 as it relates to practice. Consider all aspects of the course theories, philosophies, applications of ideas, and concepts; you are to reflect on how those concepts apply to your own learning as an adult learner and professional.
Discuss your insights into adult learning history, concepts, theory and the effect your insights have on you as an adult educator. Consider not only your own learning experiences, but the environments and contexts in which your learning has occurred and how you perceive yourself as an adult educator/professional. Make sure you define terms for the reader – assume the reader has no knowledge of adult education and training.
As part of this paper include your own adult education philosophy. Explain the context of your philosophy:
· Your background
· Explain how you came to your educational philosophy
· Defines your critical issues
· Applies aspects of current philosophies of adult education that work into your philosophy
· Tie together your philosophy into the practice of adult education and insights that link to the profession of adult education
· Consider the strengths and weaknesses of your philosophy
This is not a recounting of your story, rather a critical reflection of your learning journey and environmental context in relation to adult learning and you as an adult education provider. You will find it useful to use terms from the materials presented throughout the course; there is a vast amount of material and as such there is an expectation that you will have citations from the course materials.
The paper length will depend on your insights, but to accomplish the reflection adequately it should be at a minimum twelve pages (exclusive of your cover sheet and reference list), APA, double spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point, and 1” margins.
1. Review the main concepts from the course that apply to you;
2. Write your paper;
3. Please title your paper Adult Education: Reflections, Applications, and Philosophy Paper;
4. Deposit the paper as a .doc or ,rft file Week 8 no later than midnight Wednesday in the Dropbox.
Final Exam: 65 points
The School of Education requires that all courses have a final exam. During Week 8 you will take a 2 hour final at one of Park's approved testing locations. You will NOT HAVE INTERNET access during the exam, it is open book, open notes, and you may use the computer to type your response.
1. Set up your proctor Week 2;
2. Print all content, articles, and other important information from the course;
3. Organize your notes;
4. Take your exam.
Adult Education: Reflections, Applications, and Philosophy
LETTER GRADING POLICY
Number of Points
PROCTORED FINAL EXAM
Park University requires that a proctored final examination be taken by students, in person, in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week for all Online undergraduate level courses. This exam must be taken at any of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location (under certain circumstances). For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.
Students are responsible for arranging a proctor for their final exam(s). Students can access the Park University Online Proctor Request form,http://proctor.park.edu to request their proctor beginning Week 2 of the term. The deadline for proctor approvals is the Friday of Week 6. FAILURE TO DO THIS WILL RESULT IN AN "F" FOR THE COURSE.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
SUBMISSION OF LATE WORK
It is unfair to other students to allow some individuals to submit assignments after the scheduled due date. The following is a list of valid reasons for submitting late work:
Click here to view Park Universities Incomplete Policy
UNIVERSITY 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 "WH".
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.
NOTE: An attendance report of “P” (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: All Park University polices relating to Student Code of Conduct issues will be followed.
Activities & Due Day
· Elias & Merriam: 1
· The Adult Learner (under DocSharing)
· Watch the video on the GI Bill (60 minutes total)
Visit Field Trip:
· Emily Griffith
Discuss & Post:
· Field Trip – Due Thursday; other posts midnight Sunday
· GI Bill Discussion – due Friday; other posts midnight Sunday
· Elias & Merriam: 2
· Low Income(download from DocSharing)
· The Adult Learning Gap (download from DocSharing)
· UNESCO – Introduction Section (Download from DocSharing)
· Center for Lifelong Learning
· Subscribe to the Newsletter
· Elias & Merriam: 3
· Rossiter (Download from DocSharing)
· Stokes (Download from DocSharing)
· Serving Adult Learners (Download from DocSharing)
· Council for Adult & Experiential Learning
· Elias & Merriam: 4
· State Indicators Monograph (Download from DocSharing)
· State Indicators Policy Guide (Download from DocSharing)
· UNESCO – Sub report: National Report on Adult Basic Education and Literacy (Download from DocSharing)
· Write Journal Critique as a.doc or .rtf format and place in Dropbox no later than midnight Saturday
· Open University
· Tribal Colleges
· Granite State College
· Wooden Boat School
· Outward Bound
· Back to School video clip
Society & Impact
· National Commission on Adult Literacy
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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 2010-2011 Graduate Catalog Page 20
Instructors 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 2010-2011 Graduate Catalog Page 24
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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