Writing

University of North Texas at Dallas

Spring 2016

SYLLABUS

EDEC 4243D/001 Environmental Processes and Assessment/3 hrs

Environmental Research Paper: (Due 5/9) After Reading Chapters 3 and 4, Research the following Curriculum models listed in Chapter 3 of your book – High Scope, Montessori, Reggio Emilia and Bank Street as well as the Creative Curriculum, which is the most frequent curriculum used in Head Start Programs.  Examine how each model is implemented through the arrangement of the classroom environment,  teaching strategies, assessment, learning centers included, classroom materials selected, routines and schedule. Compare and contrast the five models and discuss how they align with the Texas Pre-Kindergarten guidelines for classroom environments. Provide annotations for between eight and ten sources you consulted which you believe give information to explain the impact of the topic. These do not include your textbook. Write a total of eleven pages including a cover page, an introduction, analysis and comparison of the five models in all areas listed above. a conclusion of your findings, how you will use this information to inform your teaching and bibliograsphy. At least three sources must be early childhood professional journals. Annotations include APA style bibliographic information of the source, a summary of the main point(s), analyze how each source addresses the issue. Resources to assist you in completing your resource paper are contained under the tab entitled Research Paper Resources. You will present your report in class using a Power Point presentation of your research and finding for the models chosen for this assessment. All elements, including the topic, analysis, annotations and summary, must be presented in the research assignment in order to receive full point value.

Compare each on one or more of the following characteristics on good research sources:

•Currency: Is the publication current enough for your topic?

•Relevance: How well does the resource help answer the question at issue?

•Authority: Is the author or sponsoring organization a credible authority on the subject?

•Accuracy: Is the information in the source accurate and free of emotional, biased language? Does point of view color the facts presented?

•Purpose: For what purpose did the author or sponsoring organization create the information?

A rubric will be provided to serve as a guide with th

  OUTSTANDING 

  ACCEPTABLE

  UNACCEPTABLE

Standards

(Exceeds expectations)  20-13 pts.

(Meets expectations)  12-6  pts.

(Below expectations)  0-6 pts.

TEACHING AND LEARNING  4c.  Knowing and understanding the importance, central concepts, inquiry tools and structures of content areas or academic disciplines

Student demonstrated a high level of understanding of Early Childhood principles and inquiry skills in developing a report on the content of three researched sources including a peer reviewed article from a recognized educational journal or edited book.

Student demonstrated adequate understanding of Early Childhood principles and inquiry skills in developing a report that met expectations on the content of three researched sources including a peer reviewed article from a recognized educational journal or edited book

Student’s knowledge of early childhood principles and inquiry skills were not apparent in the development of a research report

  OUTSTANDING 

  ACCEPTABLE

  UNACCEPTABLE

(Exceeds expectations)  4-5 pts.

(Meets expectations)  2-3 pts.

(Below expectations)  0-1 pts.

Statement of problem addressed in articles

Clearly stated

Understandable

Vague and wordy

Findings of research

Clearly summarized, precise, accurate,

Understandable

Vague and not completely accurate.

Purpose of articles identified

Purpose clearly identified and Lit review precisely summarized

Understandable and brief. Only part of lit review discussed

Vague and wordy

Conclusions or interpretation of results

Extremely clear and precise and accurately identified.

Understandable and brief, but accurate.

Vague and wordy, only partially accurate.

Written & verbal communication skills

Evaluation of the articles and data demonstrated a high level of reflection

Evaluation of article and data demonstrated an adequate level of reflection

Evaluation of the article and data demonstrated a minimal or no reflection

Identifying and Using Professional Resources

Articles and data sources selected demonstrated advanced skills in identifying credible resources such as a peer reviewed journal

Resources demonstrated adequate skills in identifying credible resources such as a peer reviewed journal

Articles identified not published in credible resources such as a in a peer reviewed journal

is project.

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