4th-hour innovation


EDU 430: Foundations of Education


Glenda W. Crawford, Ed.D.
Associate Professor - Education

2105 Campus Box
E-mail: gcrawford@elon.edu
Phone #: (336) 278-5865
Fax #: (336) 278-5919
Office: Mooney Building 301C

Student Profile:   

Elementary, middle, secondary and K-12 level teacher education majors typically in their 3rd and 4th year


Foundations of education students conduct Scholarly Inquiries related to current issues or problems in education. Each prepares a handout for classmates that poses the research question guiding the inquiry, gives an overview of its significance, delineates the pros and cons characterizing the issue, cites and annotates relevant sources, and raises at least three pertinent questions for the class to consider. During a subsequent class each researcher is responsible for leading a class seminar focused on the area of scholarly inquiry. An electronic "snapshot" with links to the research paper and conclusions from the seminar is posted on the class web page.


The success of this innovation lay in the students' taking ownership of an issue of their choice, engaging in meaningful inquiry, and assuming expertise in the area by writing a synthesis paper and leading a class seminar. The education majors were expected to interview at least one person closely associated with the topic, which provided a "real-world" context and authenticated the inquiry. In setting the stage for the seminar, students were required, as a prelude to the seminar, to stimulate their peers' interest in the issue. and they were graded partially on the ability to engage the class intellectually. The strategy is adaptable to any issues-based course where scholarly inquiry is a predominant methodology. The most challenging part was in designing the format for the electronic snapshot so that is could be posted and accessed on the class web page without image or text distortion. By doing so, however, the students' research, recommendations and conclusions were published electronically on the web, thus lending it credibility, exposure and extended worth .


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Scholarly Inquiry Task Guidelines: This file contains a detailed description of the Scholarly Inquiry task, its rationale and components, and directions for leading class seminars and preparing final products.

Peer Evaluation: This file contains a peer evaluation form used to assess seminar leaders' level of intellectual engagement during class discussions.

Evaluation of Written Products: This file contains the rubric used to evaluate the quality of the completed research papers.

Electronic "Snapshot" Guidelines: This file provides an overview of the components expected for the electronic "snapshots."

Template for Electronic "Snapshot": This file contains an html template for students to use in preparing the electronic "snapshots" for publication on the class web page. Students' lengthier research paper text can be inserted at designated places and linked with bookmarks to the "snapshot" OR linked as separate Word files, as appropriate.

Link to Student Research Web Page: Follow this link to view samples of students' scholarly inquiries.