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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 Academic 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)
  • 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 $2394.00
Mon 12 Sun
Jan 4 Weeks Mar 28
Upcoming Course Run Dates
Jan 4 Mar 28
Feb 1 Apr 25
Mar 1 May 23
Apr 5 Jun 27
May 3 Jul 25
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
Getting Prepared
  1. Analyze the attributes of action research.
  2. Examine research ethics and apply ethics to your project ideas.
Week 2
Planning Your Literature Review
  1. Evaluate your research to date.
  2. Create an outline or map for the literature review.
Week 3
Drafting Your Literature Review
  1. Form research questions that grow out of the literature review.
  2. Dive deeper into the literature while beginning to synthesize knowledge on the selected topic.
Week 4
Final Literature Review
  1. Refine and revise the review of the research based on peer and instructor feedback.
  2. Evaluate the pros and cons of qualitative and quantitative educational research.
Week 5
Methodology and Data Collection
  1. Develop a research protocol.
  2. Consider what makes research valid, reliable, and ethical.
Week 6
Proposal Meeting
  1. Prepare a capstone research proposal.
  2. Present the capstone research proposal via a live virtual presentation.
Week 7
Bringing Your Project to Life
  1. Reflect on the feedback of peers and the instructor following the presentation of your work.
  2. Develop your next steps while preparing to pursue the selected research project.
Week 8
Research in Action
  1. Begin collecting data from primary sources and begin basic analysis.
  2. Give thoughtful feedback to peers and revise your work based on feedback.
Week 9
Data Analysis
  1. Identify and analyze 2-5 themes that are emerging from the data that you have collected.
  2. Compare and contrast the most relevant and effective ways to illustrate data.
Week 10
Making Conclusions and Recommendations
  1. Critique the findings related to theories or studies reported in the literature review.
  2. Evaluate how the study’s findings reaffirm or differ from your educational experience.
Week 11
Putting It All Together
  1. Prepare your final presentation of the capstone project.
  2. Brainstorm your next research cycle of planning, action, observation, and reflection.
Week 12
Celebrating the Journey
  1. Present your capstone project via live presentation.
  2. Consider your next steps as an artist, educator, and researcher.

Choosing a Topic

A sample assignment from Week 3 of the class Capstone Research

1. Research

Develop a research problem statement and 2-3 potential research questions regarding the topic.

2. Discussion

Share how your problem statement and research questions grew out of the literature review in the discussion board. Discuss how Freedman (2004) and Efron & Ravid (2019) helped to frame or reframe your questions.

3. Practical, Hands-On Application

Identify areas for peer feedback.

Let's Get Started

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