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Capstone Research

Teachers with passion inspire students. In this 12-week capstone course, you will be challenged to use action research to design and complete a capstone project, based on your passions, that is relevant to your classroom and experience. Tasks include the preparation of a comprehensive capstone project and research paper that will culminate in a final celebration of your learning.

For the official course description, see the course syllabus or Graduate Catalog.

Required Materials

The following texts are also required for ARE630: Mission of Teaching.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition) (ISBN-10: 1433832178)

Action Research in Education: A Practical Guide (2nd edition): Efron & Ravid, (ISBN-10: 1462541615)

Additional Materials

  • Computer with basic audio and video 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 (not provided by AOEU)
  • Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)
Graduate Credits
Enrollment in this course is available to eligible degree-seeking students only. Please contact your advisor for more details.
All courses will now close at 11 PM Central time on the 27th of each month. Graduate Credits 6 Graduate Credits
Price Graduate Credit $2694.00
Mon 12 Sun
Jun 6 Weeks Aug 28
Upcoming Course Run Dates
Jun 6 Aug 28
Jul 4 Sep 25
Aug 1 Oct 23
Sep 5 Nov 27
Oct 3 Dec 25
Only 7 days remaining to enroll in the next section of this course.
AOEU Course Code

Course Objectives

  • Identify and pursue research goals that provide meaningful scholarship as a reflective practitioner.
  • Evaluate exemplars of contemporary research in art education and related fields.
  • Independently design and carry out an action research project that yields valid results.
  • Collaborate with the instructor and peers in mutually supportive ways.
  • Prepare and present a comprehensive capstone project and paper.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
  1. Introduce yourself to the class
  2. Create a paper planning matrix
  3. Submit work for review
Week 2
Approaches to Action Research
  1. Analyze samples of action research approaches
  2. Revise your introduction and literature review based on feedback from the instructor and peers
Week 3
Designing Your Approach
  1. Select your research methodology
  2. Craft a methodology outline
Week 4
Data Collection
  1. Select and defend your data collection tool choices
  2. Craft your methodology
Week 5
Proposal Meeting
  1. Create your proposal slide deck
  2. Meet with your instructor for your capstone research proposal presentation
Week 6
Bringing Your Project to Life
  1. Evaluate feedback and begin executing your project
  2. Design and create capstone project materials
Week 7
Research in Action
  1. Dedicated time to work and share your progress
  2. Design and create capstone project materials
Week 8
Research in Action
  1. Dedicated time to work and share your progress
  2. Design and create capstone project materials
Week 9
Data Analysis
  1. Research and develop your data analysis strategies
  2. Draft an outline of your results section
  3. Create a visual representation of your data
Week 10
Drawing Conclusions and Making Recommendations
  1. Critique your findings related to theories or studies from your literature review
  2. Draft your discussion
Week 11
Putting It All Together
  1. Complete final pieces of your capstone research paper
  2. Submit your final capstone research paper
Week 12
Celebrating the Journey
  1. Capstone research presentation and participation in peer presentations

Choosing a Topic

A sample assignment from Week 9 of the class Capstone Research

1. Research

Research data analysis methods.

2. Discussion

Describe your data analysis strategy, making connections to the text or other resources you have used in determining this portion of your methodology.

3. Practical, Hands-On Application

Create a visual representation of the data collected in your study.
"It was so rewarding to do authentic research in an area I'm passionate about. I learned the research process and now have a better understanding when reading research articles. It has also provided the framework for me to continue research in the future."
Audra M., OH
"I mean.... you have to be pretty serious about a master's overall to do a capstone. But I would recommend The Art of Education ten times over!"
Jenna G., CO

Let's Get Started

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