This course will introduce educational professionals to their roles as research practitioners within a comprehensive, equitable, results-based school program. Methods for locating, reading critically, and evaluating research in the profession will be presented. Skills and strategies for generating action research questions, planning a project, collecting and analyzing data, and applying findings to student learning will be included. Candidates will be expected to submit their research findings for peer review and/or possible publication to a professional journal. Field experience will be required. The program-required Master Practitioner Portfolio (MAPP) and Action Research Thesis (ART) will be introduced.
This course will examine and analyze quantitative and qualitative methods of assessment and evaluation in schools. The basic statistical and measurement concepts utilized in educational testing and for test interpretations will be addressed. Emphasis will be placed on the selection, administration, and interpretation of a variety of formal and informal assessment procedures that facilitate the academic, career, and personal/social development of students in school settings K-12. Topics include: qualitative and quantitative measures such as portfolios, rubrics, teacher-made tests, standardized testing, and criterion-referenced tests; formative and summative concepts of assessments; practical application of Bloom’s Taxonomy as it applies to student assessment in the classroom; and the inter-relationships of curriculum, developmental, and content standards and performance-based assessment. Candidates will practice ways to use assessment strategies for ongoing systematic evaluation, diagnosis, and instruction. Research, student analysis, and field experience may be required.