Grover W Mcdiarmid
Seminar on advanced topics in curriculum and instruction. Critical examination of current research and practice. Content varies. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
By the end of the course, my intention is that you will: (1) know the major research approaches to research on teacher education and teacher learning; (2) know the contributions of each of these approaches to our understanding of teacher education and teacher learning, as well as the strengths and limitations of each; and (3) develop some initial skills as a teacher education and teacher learning researcher.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Because this is primarily a reading course, classes will be devoted to detailed discussions of published research. Thus, the quality of the class will depend to a large extent on participants’ preparation.
Seminars are defined as "discussions among equally informed indviduals." As a consequence, participants must come prepared. This includes posting a reaction to the weeks reading to E-Post & commenting on at least 2 postings of classmates.
Class assignments and grading
Reaction postings: To help prepare you for discussions, I am asking you to write a brief (1-2 pp) reaction for E-Post each week. Please post your reaction on the course Web site on Catalyst -- go to the Peer Review section. You may write in response to particular passages in the readings with which you agree or disagree. You may also want to raise questions that the readings have provoked.
Please respond each week to at least two of your peers' assignments. Try to read someone new each week, but feel free to comment on the same person's work over multiple weeks. Reactions are to be posted by 9:00 AM on Tuesdays . Your responses to your classmates need to be posted by then 9:00 PM Tuesday evening. This will allow time for me to read and respond to postings and responses before class. If your questions, interests, etc., are to help shape this seminar, I need to read postings prior to planning the seminar each week.
Research Project: I will arrange for you to collect data on teacher education and learning. This will involve conducting interviews with teachers, teacher education students, and teacher educators. We will pool our data and analyze these data to learn more about teacher education.
I will also ask you – individually or collaboratively -- to develop a research proposal for a study of teacher education and/or teacher learning.
Because participation in the seminar is the primary activity, I will weigh your preparation and the quality of your contribution most heavily. I will give full credit for reaction papers that are completed on time unless clearly inadequate. I will provide grading rubrics for the analysis and proposal assignments.
Course Elements Points Seminar Preparation, Reaction and Response postings 25 Quality of Contribution to Seminar 25 Data Collection & Analysis of Data 30 Research Proposal 20