Practitioner-Focused Reseach Paper

M.Ed. Completion Dossier Application Product Options

1. Definition of this Option

The Practitioner-Focused Research Paper option emphasizes disciplined inquiry for the purposes of deepening knowledge and informing future instruction. This inquiry focuses on exploring research questions dealing with educational matters at hand, and is carried out within an educational setting such as a teacher’s classroom or a specific instructional program. The Practitioner-Focused Research Paper option involves a four-part process:

  1. Framing a practitioner-focused research project proposal
  2. Implementing the project to collect data
  3. Analyzing and reflecting upon data gathered during implementation
  4. Developing a research paper examining the implementation and analysis of the project

The disciplined inquiry process central to the Practitioner-Focused Research Paper option may be framed in several different ways:

  • Classroom curriculum/instruction inquiry is usually focused on improvement of curriculum and instruction within a teacher's own classroom
  • Inquiry responding to a community need may arise from teacher leadership role opportunities, involvement in an after-school program or teacher study group, or from work to connect the school with work in a community organization such as a museum or library
  • Inquiry examining the impact of specific classroom-based activities is framed as a traditional research study and includes research questions and an intention to generalize the results of the research collected beyond the classroom, department or school

The Practitioner-Focused Research Paper option is spread across three quarters and includes three courses: BEDUC 597, Practitioner-Focused Research (3 credits) and two seminars under the guidance of a faculty advisor, Project Implementation (BEDUC 598, 2 credits, CR/NC) and Culminating Project (BEDUC 599, 2 credits, CR/NC).

2. Eligibility and Approval

UW Bothell students intending to pursue the Practitioner-Focused Research Paper option may register for the elective BEDUC 597, Practitioner-Focused Research (3 credits) after having completed BEDUC 501, Inquiry in Education, and 20 or more credits of required coursework. Students register for BEDUC 598, Project Implementation (2 credits), after successful completion of BEDUC 597, and finish the project with BEDUC 599 after successful completion of BEDUC 598. Prior to registering for BEDUC 598 students must discuss their practitioner-focused research topic with their academic advisor and secure the approval of an Education Program faculty member to oversee the project. This person may be the student’s current academic advisor, or the student may need to select a different faculty member to oversee the project. This faculty member, upon agreeing to oversee the project, would become the student’s academic advisor for the duration of the student’s program of study. Students select a second reader of the paper, either the instructor of BEDUC 597 or another faculty member, at this time.

3.  Timelines

BEDUC 597, Practitioner-Focused Research, is offered each academic year. After taking BEDUC 597, students will implement their project in BEDUC 598, Project Implementation, completing the final draft of the paper in BEDUC 599, Culminating Project. The grade for BEUC 599 (CR/NC) will be awarded upon the successful completion of the final draft of the Practitioner-Focused Research Paper.

4. Course Registration Requirements

UW Bothell students must complete BEDUC 501 Inquiry in Education, and at least 20 credits of required coursework, before registering for BEDUC 597, Practitioner-Focused Research. Students must complete BEDUC 597 in order to register for BEDUC 598, Project Implementation, which may be taken during any quarter after the completion of BEDUC 597. Students finish the project in BEDUC 599, Culminating Project, under the guidance of their academic advisor. Students register for this course after the successful completion of BEDUC 597 and BEDUC 598. All UWB M.Ed. students must complete a Completion Dossier and a minimum of 46 credits for graduation.

5. Assessment of the Practitioner-Focused Research Paper as an Application Product

To use the Practitioner-Focused Research Paper as the application product in the M.Ed. Completion Dossier, a complete and revised version of the paper must be submitted to the student’s academic advisor no later than the eighth week of the quarter in which the student is enrolled in BEDUC 599, Culminating Project. During the quarter before the student wishes to graduate, the student will submit a completion dossier plan with the Practitioner-Focused Research Paper listed as the application product.

Incorporates Faculty Decisions through 3/3/11

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