Master of New Professional Studies—Teaching (MNPE)
Graduate School of Education
700 The New Professionalism: Theory and Practice (3:3:0) Experientially explores personal philosophical and pedagogical assumptions, including the ethical relationship between educators and children, ethical accountability and responsibility, the ethos of institutions, the professionalÕs role in sustaining ethical standards, and how each of these challenges guide our lives as citizens in a democracy.
702 The New Professional as a Reflective Practitioner (3:3:0) Examines the central problems of epistemology, what is meant by the notion of Òways of knowingÓ and Òreflective practitioner,Ó and what they imply for professional learning. Special attention to developing skills for reflective practice through journals, narrative autobiography, and imaginative literature; and to considering how personal and professional identity is influenced by personal intentions and commitments to learning and schooling.
703 Technology and Learning in the New Professions (3:3:0) Uses various technological modes to sustain and enhance the learning community. By learning and using technology (e-mail, electronic conferences, the Internet), teachers further develop their computer literacy and develop sharpened critiques regarding the possibilities and concerns brought about by the use of technology in learning environments.
704 Research Methodologies in the New Professionalism (3:3:0) Corequisite: EDUC 597. Introduces the qualitative approach to research as individual school-based projects are undertaken. Draws on Òaction research,Ó which starts with participants describing reality as they see it, reflecting on it, and deriving theories and action strategies that are immediately applicable to concrete situations. Emphasizes understanding and using various research methodologies as innovative approaches to teaching and learning are developed.