EDU795: Public Knowledge and Public Responsibility

Course Credits:
3
Course Hours Per Week:
20

Course Overview

This course addresses the public responsibility regarding public knowledge so that candidates can be ethical, responsible educators. Candidates will study the motivations for and practice of education research as well as the power of reporting conclusions. Further, candidates will explore the influence of the media and politics on education along with the responsibility of education leaders to report data accurately.

In the course project, Monograph: Influential Research, the candidate will work with a leader or a leadership team to develop a professional synthesizing project — ideally one that supports their dissertation plans — that explores an important education problem faced by K-12 leaders. Candidates will analyze and evaluate the research from an influential report, book, or study and submit to an appropriate magazine or newspaper a professional and synthetic op-ed monograph that analyses the ramifications of that report, book, or study the resulting media coverage and political influence and their effects on American and/or international systems of education.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Analyze and evaluate the research included in an influential report, book, or study (i.e., analysis of the motivations for the research, the literature review, the theoretical foundations, research methods, and conclusions drawn).
  • Analyze and evaluate the ways in which the media and/or political groups reported the influential report, book, or study as well as whether or not such reporting was accurate and ethical.
  • Analyze and evaluate the impact the media and/or political groups' reports regarding the influential report, book, or study have had on education practice and the public rhetoric of education either nationally or internationally.
  • Explain personal reactions to the influential report, book, or study as well as reactions to the media and/or political groups' reports.
  • Write and submit to an appropriate magazine or newspaper a professional and synthetic op-ed monograph that presents an analysis of the ramifications that the influential report, book, or study and consequent media coverage and/or political influence have had on American and/or international systems of education.

Course Prerequisites