Education Theory & Practice

Course Details

Course Number: RESP 4223  Section Number: 201

Spring 2011

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: 302

Days & Times:

Wednesday 8:00 - 1:00

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Ann Medford   
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Course Objectives


Participants in this course will have the opportunity to:

 Discuss selected theoretical and philosophical foundations of education;

 Develop explicit awareness of assumptions about the student’s own and other’s learning;

 Integrate understanding of learning styles, modes, and preferences in planning educational programs;

 Demonstrate use of selected teaching-learning strategies relevant to desired educational outcomes;

 Compose elements of educational programs including needs assessment, objectives, content, teaching methods and evaluation strategies;

 Analyze effectiveness of selected teaching-learning strategies in light of specific patient’s or professional student’s learning needs.

  All assignments must follow proper language rules.   Otherwise, papers will not be accepted.

Course Expectations


Educational Philosophy:    Examination of one's philosophy of education is primary to beginning either patient or staff education.  This paper should be 5 pages in length (excluding cover page and references) using APA guidelines. An abstract will not be required. The APA (American Psychological Association) Publications Manual, Fifth Addition may be purchased from the bookstore or checked out of the library.  This manual is a necessary tool if you are considering graduate work.  Questions to be answered in this paper include Part I) your view of education, your experiences which have formed that view, and the impact on teaching and learning your views will have or have had, and Part II) choose an educational theorists with whom you identify and briefly discuss his/her theory.  This paper will constitute 25% of your grade.  See Appendix A for grading specifics.

 Criteria for Grading of Educational Philosophy



Philosophy of education is clearly stated

Examples of personal philosophy are discussed

Educational theorist is identified

Key concepts of theorist is discussed

Paper length meets required criteria (5 pages, less the title page and refs)

APA format is followed

Teaching Practicum:   Students must work individually.  Students will select a specific topic from those provided; illustrate the need for the program; write objectives, design a relevant learning activity, conduct the learning activity, and use an appropriate evaluation process to demonstrate effectiveness. Each individual will prepare a learning activity using a Power Point presentation.  Other creative formats will be considered. Please refer to the grading criteria in Appendix A. 35% of your grade will depend on your presentation as it will bring together all the concepts we will be discussing throughout the semester.

Power Point Presentation:  Construct a power point project on your topic.  The project should include indications, contraindications, hazards, and desired outcomes.  You must cite your references at the end of your project.  The project must have 2 references which are current (within last 5 years).  Use scholarly sources;  cite according to APA style.  The following should be included in your presentation:

 Title Slide:  Title of project, your name, course name and number, instructor’s name, and date.

Introduction:  This section introduces background information about the topic being presented.

Description:  This section allows for in-depth description of topic.

Indications:  List indications associated with utilization of topic selected.

Contraindications/Hazards:  List contraindications associated with utilization.

Desired Outcomes:  This section provides detailed information in reference to outcomes associated with utilization of topic.

Reference slide:  References should be in alphabetical order and conform to the APA format.

 Criteria for Evaluation of Teaching Practicum





Professional appearance of the presentation

Logical organization of material presented

Critical thinking in the analysis and synthesis of the research

Accuracy of information reflected

Well focused (Not too broadly conceived)

Teaching-Learning Process

Actively engages learners in the process

Facilitates a well organized process

Constructive, nonjudgmental response to learners’ comments and questions

Closes the lesson by effectively summarizing major points

Grading Standards


Assessment Measure

Percentage of Course Grade

Unit Self-Assessments (Multiple Choice)


Educational Philosophy


Teaching Practicum

    35 %


Final Exam5/4/2011  8:00

Submission Format Policy

15% Will be deducted for each day assignment is late

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.