SCED 700: MAT Secondary/P-12 Capstone: Action Research and Professional Portfolio (3 Credit Hours) Department of Educational Professions Frostburg State University Spring 2014 Instructors: Course Policies: 1. Attendance is expected at all class sessions. 2. Participation is expected at class sessions. 3. The research project is presented at the Research Symposium to be scheduled for the last weeks of the semester. 4. The electronic exit portfolio is presented at the Portfolio Review to be scheduled for the last week of the semester. 5. The electronic form of the research project presentation, research paper, and exit portfolio are submitted through TaskStream before the last day of classes for the semester. 6. Program policies on professionalism are fully applicable for this course. 7. Policies on Academic Dishonesty, Harassment, and Disruptive Student Behavior are fully applicable for this course. 8. Students with any type of recognized and confirmed disability that would require accommodations in assignments or assessment practices should provide written notification to the instructor by no later than the second week of the semester. Students are responsible for providing an accommodation letter prepared by the Office of Disability Support Services Office Hours: Office hours vary due to required field responsibilities. Hours will be posted. Appointments may be scheduled at other times. CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Capstone. Individual action research project and paper related to the content area of certification and exit electronic portfolio meeting standards. Course is graded A, B, C, or F. Spring semester. Blended format. COURSE PURPOSE: In addition to the Catalog description above, this closed section of the course is reserved for a) the production and presentation of the research conducted as a requirement for the Master of Arts in Teaching – Secondary/P-12 Education and b) production and presentation of the electronic Exit Portfolio. Class meetings will be held as necessary, upon call of the instructor. In addition, it is the responsibility of each candidate to individually consult and coordinate with the instructor regarding a) the research topic selection and approval, data analysis, paper, and project presentation and b) development of the electronic portfolio. A research symposium will be scheduled for the final weeks of the semester. Symposium participants are required to attend all presentations. A formative portfolio review is scheduled for the midpoint of the semester. A final portfolio review session is scheduled for the final week of the semester. Portfolios are reviewed by panels of evaluators. COURSE MATERIALS: TaskStream account required. Reading materials provided. No text required. Reference Text: Johnson, A. (2012) A Short Guide to Action Research. 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson. COURSE OUTCOMES: SCED 700 Syllabus 2 Upon completion of this course, the successful candidate will be able to effectively demonstrate mastery of the following Knowledge, Skills and Dispositions as defined in the FSU Conceptual Framework for the Educational Professions unit. SCED 700 Syllabus 3 KNOWLEDGE: OUTCOME: Candidate will demonstrate knowledge of 1. group dynamics and interpersonal relations skills 2. techniques of evaluation in classroom situations 3. the levels of questioning, intellectual hierarchy, and developmental psychology as appropriate to intern subject content areas ASSESSMENT CF a. Research paper & presentation CA: 1,2 a. a. Research paper & presentation Design of Research Project 5. current trends and requirements in education in the U.S. and the state of Maryland 6. types of research, processes for action research, data collection and analysis a. Research paper & presentation CA: 1 – 7 DP: 1,2 IL: 1,3,6,7,1 1 RD: 1,2 DP: 2 a. Research paper & presentation SPA IL/PB INTASC MTTS SPA IL/PB INTASC MTTS SPA IL/PB INTASC MTTS SKILLS: OUTCOME: Candidate will demonstrate 1. ability to reflect upon various issues in education research 2. ability to implement teaching skills ASSESSMENT a. Research paper & presentation 3. use of a computer and computer-related technology to meet professional needs 4. ability to conduct action research, collect and analyze data, and make conclusions based on data analysis 5. reflect on and communicate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they have developed to be an effective new teacher candidate a. a. a. Research project and exit portfolio Research paper & presentation and exit portfolio Research project and paper a. Exit Portfolio CF RD: 1– 6 CA:7 EA: 6 DISPOSITIONS: OUTCOME: Candidate will demonstrate 1. willingness to interact with colleagues around a variety of topics related to education ASSESSMENT a. Group discussions 2. an understanding of professional ethics, school law, and teacher certification procedures a. b. CF Group discussions Meeting various legal qualifications for certification CA: 3 EA: 3 CB: 5 DP: 2,3,5 COURSE EVALUATIONS: This graded course verifies three program requirements: 1. the successful design, implementation, analysis, and multimedia presentation of the Research Project 2. the successful completion of the Research Project paper 3. the successful completion and presentation (visual and oral) of the electronic Exit Portfolio Each of the three requirements must be successfully completed for the candidate to successfully complete the capstone course. ASSESSMENTS Research Project Research Paper Electronic Portfolio POINTS 100 points 100 points 100 points ACCEPTABLE GRADE “C” grade or higher “C” grade or higher “C” grade or higher SCED 700 Syllabus 4 The research paper, research project presentation (multimedia format), and the portfolio (TaskStream web page) will be 1. presented in a formal venue 2. submitted through TaskStream 3. burned on a CD and submitted to the instructor. A copy of the research paper will be given to the mentor teacher/school with whom the candidate completed the internship for the research project. The portfolio must be completed no later than two weeks prior to the portfolio evaluation review, published in TaskStream, and the URL submitted for evaluation through TaskStream. The URL will be sent to the evaluators for the portfolio two weeks prior to the formal portfolio review so evaluators can complete an initial review of the portfolio before the formal evaluation. A copy of the portfolio on CD must be brought to the portfolio evaluation presentation. The date for the portfolio presentation will be announced early in the spring semester. The research paper and project must be completed by the date set by the course instructor. The CD containing the research paper and project presentation and all related materials must be brought to the formal project presentation. The date for the presentation will be announced early in the spring semester. CLASS SCHEDULE Class Session 1. 2. Topics Assignments Research Review of major components of research project Review: What is action research? Review: Process for designing action research study; problem statement, literature review; hypothesis; etc. Discussion of research topic areas and types of subtopics for each area that can be the subject of the research Assignment: Determine 1st and 2nd choices for main topic area; in that area, generate ideas for research in your classroom Portfolio Review of template for portfolio Discussion of definition of artifact Discussion of required artifacts and self-selected artifacts for the portfolio Discussion of reflections Review of posted examples Assignment to portfolio group for discussion and interaction Discussion of expectations for group interaction Assignment: Due in 1 month – 1 video, pictures, at least one artifact in each area of portfolio Group assignments for portfolios will be given by email. Research Planning for the study Review of statistical measures to be used, analyzed, and reported Discussion about posted examples Illustration of Excel data shell Assignment to research topic groups Discussion of expectations for group interaction Assignment: Prepare problem statement Begin the literature review – come with at least 2 research articles related to the group topic area and 1 related to your specific subtopic area. 3. SCED 700 Syllabus 5 Assignment: Research Review requirements for research paper Fully develop the Review requirements for research presentation problem statement and Within groups, discuss subtopics selected by candidates and article null hypothesis and reviews as part of the literature review submit to instructor for feedback (email). After receiving Portfolio Date and time for group portfolio review assigned approval, begin planning for implementation of the study. SCED 700 Syllabus 6 4. Research Groups meet to discuss progress with projects. Articles for literature review are shared. Questions for instructor are collected and emailed to instructor. Responses are sent to entire group. 5. Portfolio Portfolios are reviewed in small groups (peer and instructor review) Date set for final portfolio review by panel. 6. Independent work on research and portfolio 7. Independent work on research and portfolio 8. Research Meet as a whole group for a progress report and discussion of specific questions. Meet in groups for further discussion Date set for research project presentations 9. Independent work on research and portfolio 10. Independent work on research and portfolio 11. Research and portfolio Progress report and discussion of specific questions. 12. Research Project presentations 13. Independent work on portfolio 14. Portfolio Portfolio presentations Assignment: Determine dates for administering study and begin implementation Assignment: Continue to work on portfolio; incorporate feedback from small group portfolio review. Assignment: Continue implementation and begin writing research paper and developing the presentation Submission of research presentation, paper, and portfolio on CD and in TaskStream Research Presentation The presentation should contain the following information and should be presented in the order listed below. There should be at least one screen for each item listed. Presentation screens contain the main points that will be discussed in more detail during the presentation and will be written in detail in the research paper. SCED 700 Syllabus 7 Title Screen. Introduction. Problem Statement. Operational Definitions. Review of Literature. Hypothesis. Procedures. Sample Population. Limitations. Data. Analysis of Data. Error Analysis. Conclusions. Reflections. References Research Paper The paper should contain the following information and should be presented in the order listed below. The information should be presented in detail in the paper. Data charts should be presented in the body of the paper. Pre- and post-assessment examples, lesson plan examples, instructional activities, formative assessments, and examples of student work should be presented in appendices. Title Page. Introduction. Problem Statement. Operational Definitions. Review of Literature. Hypothesis. Procedures. Sample Population. Limitations. Data. Analysis of Data. Error Analysis. Conclusions. Reflections. References. Appendices Electronic Portfolio The portfolio is completed and published in TaskStream using the template provided in the program.