Program Student Learning Outcome #4: Explore, examine, and evaluate one of the current issues affecting the field of education today, such as instructional methods, learning, curriculum, students, teachers, families, administration, school policy, or school law.
Project Description: For this project, you will choose a topic, gather and examine information on the topic from the library databases or other credible academic sources, and create a media presentation that would be intended for an audience of teachers and/or parents, and/or a community group. Your topic may be any current educational issue, framed as a thesis question or guiding statement. For example:
What is differentiated instruction, and why does it matter?
How does high-stakes testing impact teaching and learning?
Where are the most prominent achievement gaps, and how are they being addressed?
These and numerous other questions are among those that challenge educators, parents, students, lawmakers, and any who have a stake in how American schools function. This project will provide you with an opportunity to explore one of the issues affecting education today.
- Choose a current topic affecting the field of education. Some suggestions are listed below, but there are other topics presented in your textbook. The topic you select must be approved by your instructor. Each student, or group, must present a different topic.If you are unsure whether a topic is appropriate for this project, discuss it with your instructor.
- Gather sources and read about your topic. Select at least four different, credible sources. The sources may include journal articles, books, textbooks, websites, or a personal interview with a stakeholder (teacher, administrator, parent, student, etc.). Use the HCC library databases and other credible sites.If unsure whether a site is allowable, check with your instructor. However, no more than two of your sources may be websites. If you find it helpful to use more than two websites, you may do so as long as you include at least two additional sources, such as articles, books, etc. The HCC library home page is a great place to begin your search.You will need to cite the sources in your presentation, both on the individual slides where the information is used, as well as in the reference slide.
- Explain, examine, and illustrate the issue you have selected.Clearly present four to six main points that you have discovered from your sources. Limit the main points to no more than six. In selecting main points, consider the following:
- Include a â€œCall to Actionâ€ in your presentation. Think of how you might â€œchallengeâ€ your audience to take steps toward addressing or solving the issue. The challenge could be presented as thought-provoking questions or suggestions (e.g., suggestions for parents of dropouts). Appeal to the audience with your challenge(s).
- Create a media presentation that summarizes the information you have gathered and examined. Your media presentation may be a PowerPoint, Prezi, Emaze, Google slides, or other slide-type presentation. (Note: Some media formats do not upload properly in Canvas. If you would like to consider another media format, speak to your instructor for approval.) Follow the guidelines and tips below:
- Alternative Teacher Preparation Programs
- Anti-Testing Movement
- Best Practices in Teaching and Learning
- Bilingual Education
- Character Education
- Closing the Achievement Gaps
- Culturally Responsive Teaching
- Differentiated Instruction
- Diversity Among Students
- Early Literacy
- Educating the Whole Child
- Four-Day School Week
- High-Stakes Testing
- Home Schooling
- Low-performing Schools
- Parent Involvement
- Rural Education
- School Readiness
- School Safety
- Social Promotion
- Virtual Schools
- What stood out to you most as you read about your issue?
- What would you like your audience to know about the issue?
- Are there any misconceptions regarding the issue that you might clarify?
- What are some of the opposing viewpoints related to the issue, if any?
- How will addressing the issue make a positive difference in education?
Make sure your thesis question or guiding statement is clearly addressed in your main points.The main points should be written in your voice for the most part, rather than entirely quoted portions. For each main point, include a few supporting details, such as facts, statistics, quotes, examples, opposing viewpoints, or other information to illustrate your topic. If you use selected quotes for some of your supporting details, clearly identify the material as quoted, and include a citation. Clearly distinguish your main points from your supporting information. Include visual images to support your points. Images may be photos, graphs, tables, figures, and/or illustrations. Use the directions and rubric to guide your work in creating the slides.
- Begin with a Title slide. Include the issue (topic), your name, course number, and semester.
- Present the information in a clear and logical sequence.
- Create at least 10 slides, but no more than 16 (including the title and reference slides). Sufficiently explain/present the issue in four to six main points, each with supporting details.
- Include facts, statistics, quotes, or other supporting details to highlight your main points.
- Avoid typing or placing too much text on each slide. â€œLess is often more.â€
- Include visual images to support your points (see Part III above). For each image, cite the source of the image directly on the slide it appears, as well as on the reference slide.
- Include a â€œCall to Actionâ€ for potential audience members (see Part IV above).
- Optional: You may include one brief video clip to support your topic. Limit the video to two minutes or less. Your instructor may require you to send the video link to him or her for approval before embedding it in your slides.
- Follow the recommendations in PowerPoint Doâ€™s and Donâ€™ts (or other style resource your instructor may provide) for font style, color, and size, amount of text on each slide, background, color palette, and animation.
- End with a Reference slide that includes all of your sources, including image sources, formatted in APA style.
- Reminder: Use both the directions and rubric to guide your work.