Designed to cover selected educational problems in depth. The major emphasis will be on intensive and critical analysis of the literature and practice in a given area.
Dates: May 24- July 2, 2021 Online Asynchronous
In this online course participants will examine different techniques to enhance children’s natural curiosity for self-motivation. Many see curiosity as an innate ability but is it constant or is it a perishable skill? Can it be developed and enhanced? Participants will examine curiosity at different age levels and seek to bond the characteristics of curiosity. They will look for ways to enhance curiosity by examining different techniques to foster learner’s curiosity. A dearth of research exists due mostly to lack of measurable metrics. Participants will engage in their own research to investigate, 1) Can curiosity be cultivated and developed? 2) If the answer to the first question is yes, how can curiosity be developed and what techniques can be used to bring it to the forefront?
Course Policies: • Completion of readings, videos, and podcasts • Completing of assignments • Active participation in class discussions throughout each week. Postings should reflect a student’s understanding and transfer of concepts contained in the assignments and readings.
1. Online Discussions Participants will post to the discussion prompt(s) and respond to all responses to your posts. You should respond to at least 3 other’s postings, to ask questions and respond when asked a question to bring about a deeper understanding. Discussion prompts are based on the assigned reading materials, podcasts, YouTube videos, and articles. Initial post to discussion prompt should be 200+ words. 1. Essays During the course participants will write four essays (500-700 words each) and submit for peer review. Each essay will analyze 2 or more journal articles researched on curiosity. All essays must be written in MLA format. Participants need to respond to three other participant’s essays and any responses to their own essays. Responses should bring a deeper understanding of the material or question to find a deeper understanding. Responses are due within the six days following essay due date. 1. Research Paper You will write a research paper on curiosity during the semester which is due the last day of the course by 8pm EST. Your paper will include the research you do for your 4 essay assignments, a book to use and recommend to others along with other documents and media. You can reference journal articles, documentaries, podcasts, audios, webinars and other books for your paper. Your paper must be in MLA format. It should have a title page, a work cited page, and the body of the paper should be 4-5 pages double spaced, font 12, and 1-inch margins. Your Research Paper should be over some aspect of curiosity that interests you!
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