2- Critical Issues in Education



EDUC 1301Critical Issues in Education PresentationProgram Student Learning Outcome #4: Explore, examine, and evaluate one of thecurrent issues affecting the field of education today, such as instructional methods, learning,curriculum, students, teachers, families, administration, school policy, or school law.Project Description: For this project, you will choose a topic, gather and examineinformation on the topic from the library databases or other credible academic sources, andcreate a media presentation that would be intended for an audience of teachers and/orparents, and/or a community group. Your topic may be any current educational issue, framedas a thesis question or guiding statement. For example:What is differentiated instruction, 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?These and numerous other questions are among those that challenge educators, parents,students, lawmakers, and any who have a stake in how American schools function. Thisproject will provide you with an opportunity to explore one of the issues affecting educationtoday.Project Directions:I. Choose a current topic affecting the field of education. Some suggestions are listedbelow, but there are other topics presented in your textbook. IF you choose a topicnot listed below then the topic you select must be approved by your instructor.Each student must choose a different topic. If you are unsure whether a topic isappropriate for this project, discuss it with your instructor.• Alternative TeacherPreparation Programs• Anti-Testing Movement• Best Practices in Teachingand Learning• Bilingual Education• Character Education• Closing the AchievementGaps• Culturally ResponsiveTeaching• Differentiated Instruction• Diversity Among Students• Dropout• Early Literacy• Educating the Whole Child• Four-Day School Week• High-Stakes Testing• Home Schooling• Low-performing Schools• Parent Involvement• Rural Education• School Readiness• School Safety• Social Promotion• Virtual SchoolsII. Gather sources and read about your topic. Select at least three different,credible sources. The sources may include journal articles, books, textbooks,websites, or a personal interview with a stakeholder (teacher, administrator,parent, student, etc.). Use the SFA library databases and other credible sites. Ifunsure whether a site is allowable, review the course information and check withyour instructor. However, no more than two of your sources may be websites. Youwill need to cite the sources in your presentation, both on the individual slideswhere the information is used, as well as in the reference slide. Another goodsource is: https://www.questia.com/library/education/current-issues-in-educationIII. Explain, examine, and illustrate the issue you have selected. In a PowerPointclearly present four main points that you have discovered from your sources. Inselecting main points, consider the following:• What stood out to you most as you read about your issue?• What would you like your audience to know about 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?Make sure your thesis question or guiding statement is clearlyaddressed in your main points. The main points should be written in yourvoice for the most part, rather than entirely quoted portions. For each main point,include a few supporting details, such as facts, statistics, quotes, examples,opposing viewpoints, or other information to illustrate your topic. If you useselected quotes for some of your supporting details, clearly identify the material asquoted. Clearly distinguish your main points from your supporting information.Include visual images to support your points. Images may be photos, graphs, tables,figures, and/or illustrations. Use the directions and rubric to guide yourwork in creating the slides.IV. Include a “Call to Action” in your presentation. Think of how you might“challenge” your audience to take steps toward addressing or solving the issue. Thechallenge could be presented as thought-provoking questions or suggestions (e.g.,suggestions for parents of dropouts). Appeal to the audience with yourchallenge(s).V. Create a PowerPoint presentation that summarizes the information you havegathered and examined. Utilizing screencastomatic.com record your presentation.Follow the guidelines and tips below:• Begin with a Title slide. Include the issue (topic), your name, course number,and semester.• Present the information in a clear and logical sequence.• Create at least 10 slides, but no more than 12 (including the title and referenceslides). Sufficiently explain/present the issue in four main points, each withsupporting details.• Include facts, statistics, quotes, or other supporting details to highlight yourmain points.• Avoid typing or placing too much text on each slide. “Less is often more.”• Include visual images to support your points (see Part III above).• Include a “Call to Action” for potential audience members (see Part IV above).• End with a Reference slide that includes all of your sources, formatted in APAstyle.• Your screencast recording should not be longer than 12 minutes.

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