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EDUC698 - Capstone: Action Research

Course Details

Course Code: EDUC698 Course ID: 3815 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

Accomplished teachers have a rich understanding of the subject(s) they teach and associated content area pedagogical practices. In this course, candidates will assess their teaching practice in the context of previous coursework, observational experiences, and teaching. They will apply content area knowledge to contemporary theory through the development of artifacts and reflective pieces related to praxis. Candidates will also engage in discourse related to emerging social and philosophical issues in teaching to prepare them to be informed practitioners. This course will focus on action research in a classroom situation. Its purpose is to inform candidates with respect to ongoing pedagogical practices. All grades for any capstone attempts will appear on transcript and will be calculated in GPA





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
08/26/19 - 01/31/20 02/03/20 - 03/29/20 Winter 2020 Session I 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session
10/28/19 - 04/03/20 04/06/20 - 05/31/20 Spring 2020 Session B 8 Week session
11/25/19 - 05/01/20 05/04/20 - 06/28/20 Spring 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

1. Evaluate the value of action research in the field of education. (WVPTS4D; ISTE5c,d)

2. Understand concepts related to initiating action research. (WVPTS4A,B,C,D; 5G,H; ISTE5c, d)

3. Explain educational experiences in order to discover personal attitudes and expectations of educational roles. (WVPTS4C; ISTE5c)

4. Analyze interview processes for collecting data. (WVPTS3C)

5. Define discrepancies in the educational setting in order to formulate research questions. (WVPTS4D; ISTE5d)

6. Apply techniques to clarify research questions. (WVPTS3C)

7. Apply a strategy for data collection. (WVPTS3E)

8. Analyze the value of a strategy for data collection. (WVPTS3C)

9. Evaluate the interview process in action research. (WVPTS3E)

10. Evaluate triangulation as a research method for data collection. (WVPTS3E)

11. Apply a strategy for data analysis. (WVPTS3E)

12. Analyze the value of a strategy for data analysis. (WVPTS3E)

13. Understand the concept of audience and how it affects research presentation. (WVPTS1D)

14. Understand of educational community workings as they apply to common research needs. (WVPTS5A,B,G)

15. Analyze the relationship between learning communities and action research. (WVPTS4D)

16. Apply a strategy for data sharing. (WVPTS4B)

17. Analyze different approaches to action research. (WVPTS4A)

18. Create a learning community by joining with others with similar interests. (WVPTS4B)

19. Create an action research project focusing on:

  • Generating and clarifying a research question. 9WVPTS4C)
  • Determining data needed for collection and the methods with which to collect it. (WVPTS4D)
  • Creating a possible means for analyzing the data collected. (WVPTS4D)
  • Generating strategies for taking action regarding data analysis. (WVPTS4D)
  • Creating the delivery method for sharing information with peers. (WVPTS4D; 5H)

20. Evaluate the processes of action research, and their value to the professional educator. (WVPTS4A)

21. Analyze the action research processes of peers. (WVPTS4B)

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Recommended Textbook for all degree concentrations:

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). (2009). Washington,

D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.