Reflective Practitioner Research Investigation

Reflective Practitioner Research Investigation

Final Paper CUIN 3301/3321/6301

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The goal of the final paper is for you to demonstrate an expanded understanding of teaching and learning around a specific topic. To do this, you must:

 

1) reflect on your own experiences as a student and possibly in informal or extra-curricular teaching roles,

2) gather the perspectives of practicing teachers and parents either through observations, interviews, or other sources, and

3) read peer-reviewed educational research to understand the social science perspectives on that particular topic.

 

Although this is a research paper (and must correctly use APA 7 formatting for citations), you should organize this as a personal narrative (and it is fine to use “I” – referring to yourself and telling your own stories). In answering the questions/topic that you choose, you will be interweaving what you know from experience, what you have learned from observations or other personal contacts with educators, and what you have learned from peer-reviewed educational research. For an example of how to do this, see below.

 

The research project (data collection) and writing (your final paper) in this course is unfortunately limited by the reduced access to classrooms for observations. Your instructors have put together a range of sources that will to some extent make up for this, BUT if you have access to observations (online and face-to-face) of classrooms or teaching/learning spaces that would be appropriate for this assignment, please check with your instructor and DO access these sources of knowledge as well. You can propose to use these sources instead of one or more of the minimum requirements (see below)

 

At a minimum, your final paper must reference (and correctly cite, using APA 7 format):

  1. Summaries and direct quotations that capture relevant teaching stories from two videos of classroom teachers at work or interviewed about their specific classroom settings (as relevant to your topic)
  2. Summaries and direct quotations from a teaching story or an interview with a teacher or student teacher
  3. Summaries and direct quotations from an interview with a family member or friend with one or more students in K12 school
  4. Summaries and direct quotations from at least two peer-reviewed research articles

 

Steps in completing this project (for further descriptions, see below):

 

  1. Choosing a topic
  2. Data gathering and reflection
  3. Creating a short presentation about your project as a first rough draft, and receiving peer feedback
  4. Submitting a rough draft for formal editing by your peers
  5. Submitting the final paper

 

Choosing a topic

 

Each student will decide on a topic of your choice, you should consider questions that relate to your future practice. If you are a certification student, you should consider how your topic relates to your future classroom, connecting theory to practice. Topics that students have chosen in the past have often revolved around classroom instruction, student engagement or interest, and classroom management.

 

See the list at the bottom of this page for a list of possible topics that will be a good fit for you.

 

Data Gathering and Reflection

 

Students will work independently to gather the following

  • One interview with a parent
  • At least two videos of teachers working in classrooms
  • At least one teaching story from a teacher, or student teacher
    • A TEAMS site will be created where teaching stories from student teachers will be shared. See more soon…
  • At least two peer-reviewed articles relating to your research

 

During group discussion either synchronously or asynchronously, students will share their findings and resources during the gathering process (Weeks 9-13).

 

Preparing your presentation

 

Each student will create a short presentation that will include an outline of their research paper, with the data that students have collected so far in their presentations.

 

RESEARCH PRESENTATION

Objective:  Pre-service teachers will develop and carry out a presentation of their research project.  This activity provides pre-service teachers with an opportunity to teach their peers and to receive feedback which may then be utilized to improve their research papers.

Instructions: Early preparation for the research project presentation is required. Pre-service teachers will…

  1. Prepare a typed word-for-word script (using Office365 Word) that presents the research topic in 5 minutes.
    • A clear statement of your topic (recommendation: define your terms!)
    • An explanation of why you care about this topic
    • At least one interesting thing you learned about your topic by reading peer-reviewed research. You must correctly cite the article and explain its importance (to you/your topic)
    • At least one interesting thing from each of the following: two videos, one family member with a student in school, and one teaching story or interview from a student teacher.
    • At least one interesting thing you learned about your topic as a result of school (TEAMS) (do NOT name the school, teacher, or any of the students – USE PSEUDONYMS!)
    • Why this topic should matter to other future teachers.
  2. Create an Office365 PowerPoint presentation highlighting the main points that will be addressed.
    • Avoid large paragraphs of text and focus on main points. Use the “Notes” section of Office365 PowerPoint to paste the relevant parts of the script to each slide.
    • Present the researched information in a thoughtful, focused, and interesting way.
    • Use relevant copyright-free images to enhance the content. Images are cited with a working hyperlink to the page where the permission appears.
  3. Submit the script (Office365 Word) and the presentation (Office365 PowerPoint) URLs in Blackboard by the due date.
  4. Citation Tips for sources [this is important for your final paper, also]

In APA 7 Personal interviews are not included in the reference list because they do not provide recoverable data. Cite them IN TEXT ONLY.

In addition, for this project, you must submit your RESEARCH PLAN which connects the ACTUAL names of people you interview (or teacher stories you read) with the PSEUDONYMS you use to replace them in your paper

  1. Personal Communication Includes letters, phone calls, email messages, and interviews.

General Format

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Interviewee PSEUDONYM) First Initial. Surname, personal communication, Month Day, Year)

In-Text Citation (Quotation):

(Interviewee PSEUDONYM First Initial. Surname, personal communication, Month Day, Year)

References:Not included

 

Example

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(J. Brown, personal communication, November 12, 2020)

In-Text Citation (Quotation):

(J. Brown, personal communication, November 12, 2020)

References:Not included

 

CITING a Youtube Video

General Format

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Author Surname OR Screen name, Year)

In-Text Citation (Quotation):

(Author Surname OR Screen name, Year)

References:

Author Surname, First Initial. Second Initial. OR Author screen name. (Year, Month Day {of video post}). Title of video [Video]. Title of website. URL of specific video

 

Example

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Norton, 2006)

In-Text Citation (Quotation):

(Norton, 2006)

References:

Norton, R. (2006, November 4). How to train a cat to operate a light switch [Video file]. YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vja83KLQXZs

 

[these examples adapted from Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library ]

 

 

The goal of this presentation will be to get peer feedback from each other.

 

This will be shared during week 13

 

Peer review process

 

A draft of your final paper will be peer edited by each other during week 15.  This peer feedback will cover several categories of strong writing processes.

 

ORGANIZING your final paper

At a minimum your paper will be organized into five paragraphs. The length should be 2500-3000 words [check]

 

You must weave together your different sources of information.

For instance, if you choose question #3, your paper would be organized like this:

 

#3. How can the inclusion of a widerange of abilities in learners benefit all students in a classroom? What does a teacher need (resources, supports, etc.) in order to make this happen, and why?

 

Introduction:

Explaining your topic (defining, for instance, inclusion) and why it is important to you. Overview the key points of your paper (for example: the challenges teachers face with inclusive classrooms, the resources they need, and why all students benefit)

 

Section 1: the challenges teachers face with inclusive classrooms

  • What you know from personal experience
  • What you know from personal contacts/observations
  • What you know from peer-reviewed research

Section 2: the resources that teachers need

  • What you know from personal experience
  • What you know from personal contacts/observations
  • What you know from peer-reviewed research

Section 3: why all students benefit

  • What you know from personal experience
  • What you know from personal contacts/observations
  • What you know from peer-reviewed research

Conclusion Why this topic/this information matters, and how it should impact the thinking of future teachers and taxpayers who care about schools.

 

Resources

  • Frequently Asked Questions – The section about the research presentation and paper are very helpful.
  • Research Process Forum – Discussion Board in the class Blackboard site
  • Research Paper Tips for Writing – This is a Powerpoint presentation created by Dr. Gayle Curtis for an earlier version of this class assignment. It is chock full of examples and ideas for organizing your paper and correctly using quotations and citations.
  • Wagon Wheel Activity – A peer review process where individuals become experts to provide valuable feedback to research draft papers.
  • OWL Purdue Resources – Specific help on APA formatting for citations and references.
  • PaperRater – Check grammar, spelling, and any potential plagiarism
  • Citation Machine – Automatically generates your citation in the correct format (assuming you have all the information)

 

 

CUIN 6301 student requirements

Annotated bibliography assignment: see Blackboard

 

Topic Choices

 

Below are some QUESTIONS thatyou can choose to answer for your final research project/paper. You will see that these are topics that we have addressed in class. These topics will be available as open channels in TEAMS so that you can share resources and ideas with your classmates (this is highly recommended but not required). You may propose an alternative topic through discussing this with your instructor. Topics may not be changed after the research presentations are completed.

 

  1. What does a teacher need to make sure students understand about the realities of the future, and how does a teacher’s expectations in the classroom demonstrate what he/she believes about what students need?

 

  1. What does it take to have a classroom environment that supports students’ learning and growth in academic, personal, and social ways? What are key dimensions of that environment?

 

  1. How can the inclusion of a wide-range of abilities in learners benefit all students in a classroom? What does a teacher need (resources, supports, etc.) in order to make this happen, and why?

 

  1. What does a teacher need to know and be able to do in order to be effective with students who are English Language Learners or emergent bilinguals? What does a teacher need (resources, supports, etc.) in order for these learners to be successful, and why?

 

  1. What should teachers be learning about online/distance instruction (currently necessary because of the pandemic) that will be important and useful even as schools return to more face-to-face instruction? (for other papers related to the pandemic and online learning, see question 9)

 

  1. In a specific subject area (your choice), what does culturally responsive or culturally sustaining pedagogy mean? What does it change about the curriculum and instruction for teachers?

 

  1. The results from standardized testing of K12 students have been an important part of the lives of teachers in Texas (and other states) for more than 20 years. What have been the consequences of this for teachers and their students? How does this change what you might do in the classroom?

 

  1. Every school wants parents to be engaged in the lives and learning of their children. What are the opportunities and barriers for families to be involved in schools? Which are the most important to understand? What practices might teachers use in classrooms to improve parent involvement?

 

  1. The covid-19 pandemic has changed many things about schools, most notably the new necessity of online teaching and learning. Take any one of the topics above and focus on what has changed or what needs to change as a result.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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