Reflective Practitioner

Reflect on the passions and needs within your practice to design paths of inquiry, plan ways to advocate for change, and develop actionable research questions.

3 Credits|8 Weeks|$1275

Identified needs drive action research. As reflective practitioners, you will reflect on the passions and needs within your practice to design paths of inquiry and plan ways to advocate for change. This course will explore the philosophical perspectives of research methods for action research in K–12 art education. You will have the opportunity to determine differences in methodological theories, approaches, and ethical parameters and directly apply your knowledge through action research case study design. Engage further by evaluating areas in curriculum and instruction through the lens of action research and develop robust research questions reflecting current issues and teaching goals in art education.

See the course syllabus and Graduate Catalog for more details.

Required Materials

Mertler, Craig A. (2020) Action Research: Improving Schools and Empowering Educators, (6th ed). Sage Publishing. ISBN 978-1-5443-2439-5

Additional Materials

  • Computer with basic audio and video input and output equipment
  • Internet access (broadband recommended)
  • Basic computing skills (see AOEU’s Technology Requirements)
  • Access to AOEU’s online learning platform, Brightspace, to view course content, submit assignments, and engage in discussion (provided)
  • A Google Drive account (provided)
  • Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)


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