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Investigations in Curriculum Change
EDUC-871

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 07/28/2020

Contact Information

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Course Description

Review and evaluation of theories, models, and strategies for change; recognition and use of this knowledge as a practical guide to problem solving.

Requisites

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Research in specific areas of academic interest is necessary for professional growth. For this course these specific areas of research will focus on curricular and leadership related issues at either the K–12 or college and university level with specific emphasis on how these impact the realm of educational leadership. Specifically the question of how leadership is related to teaching and learning as related to constructs in the realm of curriculum will be addressed.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:

  1. Identify and explain the philosophical theories and traditional models to curriculum.
  2. Evaluate and discuss social forces that impact curriculum planning with an understanding of what curriculum will best prepare learners for future challenges.
  3. Analyze and evaluate learning styles and learning theories as they relate to curriculum development.
  4. Trace the curriculum development process and differentiate between the various approaches to curriculum development.
  5. Compare and contrast the interrelationships between curriculum implementation and instruction.
  6. Evaluate and discuss the role of technology in curriculum development.
  7. Define the educational leader’s role in curriculum evaluation and relate it to the assessment of learning.
  8. Identify and evaluate criterion for the review of literature.
  9. Write a review of literature that critically examines the state of the field in curriculum change and educational leadership in one’s area of interest and written from the perspective of a high school, middle school, or elementary school instructor or administrator, or a higher education instructor or administrator or other leadership position.
  10. Classify and explain the leadership principles utilized in leadership and curriculum leadership roles.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchase

Parkay, F. W., Anctil, E. J., & Hass, G. (2019). Curriculum leadership: Readings for developing quality educational programs (Custom 10th ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon. ISBN: 9780136444534.

Disclaimer: The above text provides information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in this text.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Word
  5. The Holy Bible

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, throughout the course the candidate will answer the instructor’s prompt for 4 different Discussion Board Forums in a thread. The candidate will then substantially reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. Discussion Board Forums will be graded upon the quality of the content and the length of the thread and the response posts. The thread must be between 450–500 words and the reply posts must be between 100–150 words. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Article/Chapter Assessments (4)

The candidate will write 4 Article/Chapter Assessments throughout the course. The candidate will provide critical analysis, assessments, critiques, and applications to various chapter readings, articles, and websites sources. Each assignment will be between 2–3 pages written in proper APA format. The assignment must include a title page and reference page (no abstract is required and paper length does not include the title page or reference page). (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F)

Leadership Scripture Assessments (2)

Leadership traits and practices will be examined in light of scriptural insight and understanding. The candidate will review appropriate instructor notes and assigned Scripture readings. The candidate will demonstrate understanding of leadership principles and scriptural insight along with practical application to current or future leadership roles. Both assignments must be between 1–2 pages, not counting the cover or reference pages, and written in proper APA format. (MLO: G, J)

Evaluation of Literature Review

The candidate will locate a dissertation of interest and provide an evaluation of the dissertation’s literature review. Specific guidelines as to the various elements that a good literature review should contain and be evaluated upon will be provided. This assignment is intended to familiarize the candidate with the various elements of an effectively written literature review. (MLO:  H)

Synthesis Paper

The candidate will complete a paper regarding the assigned textbook readings. The synthesis will provide thoughtful analysis, insight, understanding, and application of topics reviewed, written in proper APA format. The Synthesis Paper must be between 4–5 pages, not counting the cover or reference pages. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G)

Literature Review

The candidate will write a review of literature focusing on curriculum and/or curriculum leadership issues. This paper must be between 10–15 content pages, not including cover page, abstract page, and reference page – all of which are required. This assignment must be written in proper APA format and must incorporate headings and subheadings as much as possible. (MLO: J)

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (4 at 25 pts ea)

100

Article/Chapter Assessments (4 at 50 pts ea)

200

Leadership Scripture Assessments (2 at 25 pts ea)

50

Evaluation of Literature Review

100

Synthesis Paper

125

Synthesis Presentation

125

Literature Review

300

Total

1010

Course Policies

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Grading Scale

A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Schedule

EDUC 871

Textbook:    Parkay et al., Curriculum Leadership (2019).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Parkay et al.: ch. 1

3 presentations

Instructor’s Notes

1 article

1 website

Course Requirements Checklist

Advising Guide Acknowledgement

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

Article/Chapter Assessment 1

10

0

0

25

50

2

Parkay et al.: ch. 2

I Samuel 17, 24, 30

3 presentations

Instructor’s Notes

1 article (review)

DB Forum 2

Article/Chapter Assessment 2

Leadership Scripture Assessment 1

25

50

25

3

Parkay et al.: ch. 3

2 presentations

Instructor’s Notes (review)

1 article (review)

Evaluation of a Literature Review

100

4

Parkay et al.: ch. 4

2 presentations

Instructor’s Notes

DB Forum 3

Synthesis Paper

25

125

5

Parkay et al.: ch. 5

2 presentations

Instructor’s Notes (review)

DB Forum 4

Article/Chapter Assessment 3

25

50

6

Parkay et al.: ch. 6

3 presentations

Instructor’s Notes

Article/Chapter Assessment 4

Leadership Scripture Assessment 2

50

25

7

Parkay et al.: ch. 7

2 presentations

Instructor’s Notes (review)

Synthesis Presentation

125

8

Parkay et al.: ch. 8, 9, or 10 (depending upon school-level curriculum of interest)

2 presentations

Literature Review

300

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE:      Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.