Education Theory and Practice

Course Details

Course Number: RESP 4223  Section Number: X20

Spring 2013

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: on-line

Days & Times:

on-line course

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Ann Medford   
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Course Objectives



Participants in this course will have the opportunity to:


 Identify the purposes, goals, and benefits of client and staff/student education.

  Identify the terms education process, teaching and learning

  Identify major ethical principles related to education in health care

  Define the principal constructs of each learning theory

 Explain the health educator’s role in the learning process

  Describe what is meant by learning styles

  Identify incentives and obstacles that affect motivation to learn

   Identify the magnitude of the literacy problem in the United States

 Identify the differences between learning goals and objectives

 Explain how to evaluate instructional methods

 Differentiate between instructional materials and instructional methods

  Describe the effects that technology has had on education for health professionals


Course Expectations

 Educational Philosophy                                              22%

Weekly Assignments                                                   22%                

Teaching Practicum                                                     30%

Quizzes                                                                          26%





There will be a quiz at the end of each unit. Students are expected to analyze and apply their education knowledge during these quizzes.  Quizzes are located under assessments.  You may use learning resources to help you with the quizzes, however the quizzes are timed.


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. 


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,


Part II) choose an educational theorist with whom you identify and briefly discuss his/her theory (Chapter 3 as reference).  This paper will constitute 22% of your grade. This paper will be submitted per the Educational Philosophy Paper icon on the homepage.


Educational Philosophy Grading Criteria:


 Philosophy of education is clearly stated                                         

Examples of personal philosophy are discussed:     

 Educational theorist is identified                                                                             

 Key concepts of theorists are discussed:

APA format used to incorporate another writer’s ideas 

Good paragraph construction and transitions with no mechanical errors

 APA format must be followed:  type font no larger than 12 point, standard left and right, and top and bottom margins. Submit paper by clicking on the home page, click on educational philosophy paper, and upload to safe assign.                                            

Teaching Practicum:   Students must work individually.  Students will select a specific topic for patient or continuing education; 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 either a Power Point presentation, video, voice over, or module format.  Any creative format will be accepted. 30% of your grade will depend on your presentation as it will bring together all the concepts we will be discussing throughout the semester. It is recommended that topics be selected early in the semester in order to write each section of the presentation as we are discussing it. Students will submit the completed educational model for evaluation and a summary page must be prepared which will include date the presentation was given, the audience, and any feedback generated by the participants.  Some suggestions for appropriate audiences include RT students, professional colleagues or patients/patient families.  The practicum may be an in-service, procedure demonstration, new product instruction etc.  Any presentation must include the elements outlined above.  You will also post a summary of the teaching practicum on the presentation site for the class to view and evaluate.  The summary should include an synopsis of where, when, and to whom the presentation was given. 


Teaching Practicum Grading Criteria:

Clearly stated learning objective

Use of relevant professional references

Lesson is planned and well organized 

Effective summary     

Effective measurement of teaching-learning process 

Effective measurement of outcomes/objectives


Grading Standards


Grading Scale:


A:  90-100

B:  80-89

C:  75-79

D:  70-74

F:  <69

Submission Format PolicyNote: 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.

Other Policies


Honor System:


All components of RESP 4223-X20 are designed to represent the efforts of each student INDIVIDUALLY and are NOT to be shared, copied, or plagiarized from other sources.  When students submit their efforts for grading, they are attesting they abided by this rule.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to, (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or completing other assignments; or (3) the acquisition of tests or other academic materials belonging to the university faculty or staff without permission.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of, by paraphrase or direct quotation without correct citation in the text and on the reference list, the published or unpublished works of another person. Students may NOT submit papers and assignments that they have previously submitted for this or other courses. The use of materials generated by agencies engaged in "selling" term papers is also plagiarism. Students are encouraged to review the tutorials and suggested websites for more information about plagiarism. 

Academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, etc.) will not be tolerated in this class. Whenever a student is unsure of whether a particular situation will be interpreted as academic dishonesty, he/she should ask the instructor for clarification.  If students are guilty of academic dishonesty, a grade of zero (0) will be given for the quiz, assignment, etc.  Cases may also be referred to the Dean of Students for possible dismissal from the university.

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.