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EDUC 1301 Introduction to the Teaching Profession Current Issues in Education Media Presentation

Program Required Component

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: This project will provide you with an opportunity to explore one of the issues affecting education today. You will choose a topic, gather and examine information on the topic, and create a media presentation that would be intended for an audience of teachers, and/or parents, and/or a community group.

Project Steps and Directions:

1. Choose a current topic affecting the field of education. Your topic may be any current educational issue that challenges educators, parents, students, or lawmakers—any who have a stake in how American schools function. See suggestions listed below, but other topics are presented in your textbook. Your topic must be approved by your instructor. Each student, or group (if your professor allows groups), must present a different topic.

• Alternative Teacher Preparation Programs

• Anti-Bias Education

• Anti-Testing Movement

• Best Practices in Teaching and Learning

• Bilingual Education

• Character Education

• Class Size

• Closing the Achievement Gaps

• Culturally Responsive Teaching

• Differentiated Instruction

• Diversity Among Students

• Dropout

• Early Literacy

• Exploring Bias in Children’s Literature

• Family Factors

• Four-Day School Week

• High-Stakes Testing

• Home Schooling

• Low-performing Schools

• Parent Involvement

• Rural Education

• School Choice

• School Finance

• School Readiness

• School Safety

• Social Promotion

• Student Discipline

• Student Health

• Virtual Schools

• Year-round School

 

2. Gather sources and read about your topic. Select at least four different, credible sources, such as journal articles, books, textbooks, or websites. The HCC library home page is a great place to begin your search. The librarians are most willing and ready to help. No more than two of your sources may be websites. You will need to cite the sources on each individual slide, plus list all sources in the reference slide.

 

 

 

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Format for directly quoting on a slide: (Author, year, page number) Example: (Sadker & Zittleman, 2018, p. 334) Format for paraphrasing on a slide: (Author, year) Example: (Sadker & Zittleman, 2018) Format for reference slide: Author, A. A. (Year). Title of book. Publisher. Example: Sadker, D.M. & Zittleman, K.R. (2018). Teachers, schools, and society: A brief introduction to education. McGraw-Hill.

See more format guidelines and examples in the following: In-Text Citations: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/i n_text_citations_author_authors.html Reference List: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/r eference_list_basic_rules.html

3. Create an Introductory Guiding question. This will act as a “hook” to engage the audience. For

example:

• What is STEM education, 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?

4. Create a Thesis Statement that reflects at least three main points. For example:

• STEM education has become an issue in the United States because students are not being adequately prepared in the four subjects, application of content knowledge from STEM disciplines are increasingly required in jobs at all levels, and STEM education has been linked to economic growth.

5. Clearly explain the three main points presented in your thesis/issue. For example, explanations could address the following:

• What are the defining features or characteristics of 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? Write explanations in your voice for the most part, rather than directly quoting. Avoid lengthy quotes. A rule of thumb is to limit direct quoting to no more than 20% of your project.

6. Elaborate on each main point with supporting details. Supporting details can be 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. Write explanations in your voice for the most part, rather than directly quoting.

 

 

 

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7. Include visual images to support your points. Images may be photos, graphs, tables, figures, and/or illustrations. Cite each image directly below the image. Additionally, list all image sources in the references.

8. Include a “Call to Action” in your presentation. Think of how you might “challenge” or appeal to your

audience to take steps toward addressing or solving the issue. You could present the challenge as a

thought-provoking question or brief list of suggestions (e.g., a list of suggestions for parents of

dropouts).

 

9. Follow these guidelines to prepare your presentation. Use PowerPoint or another slide-type presentation approved by your professor.

• Begin with a Title slide. Include the issue (topic), your name, department and college name,

course number and name, professor’s name, and due date.

• On the second slide, include your Guiding Question, plus a brief description of the issue as an

“introduction” for the audience.

• On the third slide, present your Thesis Statement.

• On the following slides, present the main points and supporting details in a clear and logical

sequence.

• Create at least 10 slides, but no more than 16 (including the title and reference slides).

• Avoid typing or placing too much text on each slide. “Less is often more.”

• Next, include your Call to Action slide.

• Finally, end with a Reference slide that includes all of your sources, including image sources,

formatted in APA style.

• Do not add or embed any video clips; however, you may add recorded narration, as an option.

• Follow the recommendations in PowerPoint Dos and Don’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.

• Use the directions, rubric, and sample PowerPoint Template to guide your work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See rubric on following page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EDUC 1301 Current Issues in Education Rubric

 

Criteria and Ratings

Meets Expectations 5 points

Approaches Expectations 4 points

Needs Improvement 2-3 points

Well Below Expectations 0-1 point

Thesis Statement

Thesis statement clearly reflects at least three main points.

Thesis statement and main points need little improvement in clarity.

Thesis statement and main points need much improvement in clarity.

Thesis statement and main points are not at all clearly stated; and/or are missing.

Guiding Question

Guiding question specifically and clearly addresses the issue.

Guiding question needs little improvement in clarity.

Guiding question needs much improvement in clarity.

Guiding question is not at all clearly stated; and/or is missing.

Meets Expectations 20 points

 

Approaches Expectations 15-19 points

Needs Improvement 10-14 points

Well Below Expectations or Not Attempted

0-9 points

Main Points

Presentation covers the topic in sufficient depth, and includes at least three main points, clearly stated, in a logical sequence.

Presentation covers the topic somewhat sufficiently, and includes two main points; and/or needs little improvement in clarity and sequence.

Presentation includes two main points; and/or needs much improvement in clarity and sequence.

The presentation includes one main points; and/or main points are not at all clearly stated or logically sequenced.

Supporting Details

 

Each main point is supported by details (facts, quotes, statistics, examples, etc.).

Two of the main points are supported by details (facts, quotes, statistics, examples, etc.); and/or details need little improvement.

Two of the main points are supported by details (facts, quotes, statistics, examples, etc.); and/or details need much improvement.

One of the main points is supported by details (facts, quotes, statistics, examples, etc.); and/or very little to no details are included.

Call to Action

Presentation includes a clear, specific, and compelling “Call to Action” specifically addressing the issue.

Call to Action needs little improvement in clarity, specificity, and impact.

Call to Action needs much improvement in clarity, specificity, and impact.

Call to Action is missing; and/or not at all clear, specific, or compelling.

Meets Expectations 10 points

Approaches Expectations 7-9 points

Needs Improvement 5-6 points

Well Below Expectations 0-4 points

Media Design

Presentation includes 10-16 slides; follows recommendations for design; includes images that clearly support the text/topic.

Presentation includes 10- 16 slides; needs little improvement in design and use of images.

Presentation includes 10- 16 slides; and/or needs much improvement in design and use of images.

Presentation includes fewer than 10 slides; and/or does not at all follow recommendations for design; very few or no images are included.

Mechanics

 

No errors and/or omissions in spelling, capitalization, punctuation, or grammar.

One to three errors and/or omissions in spelling, capitalization, punctuation, or grammar.

Four to six errors and/or omissions in spelling, punctuation, capitalization, or grammar.

Seven or more errors and/or omissions in spelling, punctuation, capitalization, or grammar

APA Style All four APA guidelines are followed: 1) title slide, 2) images cited on individual slides, 3) information and quotes cited on individual slides, 4) reference slide complete and correctly formatted.

Three of the APA guidelines are followed.

Two of the APA guidelines are followed.

One or no APA guideline is followed.

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