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Mission of Teaching

Explore current art education issues in your passion area through action research to become a catalyst for change in art education.

This course will allow participants to explore philosophical perspectives and research methods within the field of K–12 education, specifically art education, as they seek to be a catalyst for change both within the profession and in their personal practice.

As participants embark on their teacher-researcher journey, they will select current art education issues and relate them to their mission and vision of teaching. Finally, participants will begin to design and follow their mission through the lens of action research to advocate for and create change in art education.

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

Required Materials

The following texts are also required for ARE631: Capstone Research.

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 3 Graduate Credits
Price Graduate Credit $1347.00
Mon 8 Sun
May 1 Weeks Jun 25
Upcoming Course Run Dates
May 1 Jun 25
AOEU Course Code

Course Objectives

  • Assess role as teacher-leader to create a mission of teaching that identifies an area of professional interest and strength.
  • Apply the stringent ethical parameters required of practitioners as action researchers.
  • Establish a narrow focus and create a valid and measurable action research question[s].
  • Create an introduction to an action research project through reflection.
  • Research, analyze, and synthesize existing literature as an action research study foundation.
  • Generate advocacy plans to promote action research as the driver for change.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
Passion Through Leadership
  1. Develop your teaching mission, philosophy, and leadership attributes. Identify an action research passion area and apply it to your teaching mission and philosophy.
Week 2
Ethics and Capstone Questions
  1. Narrow your topic and write specific action research questions. Apply SET test to action research questions.
Week 3
Introducing Action Research
  1. Identify resources that match your passion area and begin writing your Introduction chapter.
Week 4
Setting the Knowledge Base
  1. Identify themes within your research and develop a thematic outline to support your writing.
Week 5
Themes and Resources
  1. Analyze similarities and differences between sources within the same theme.
Week 6
Synthesizing the Literature
  1. Identify additional sub-themes that will support your writing.
  2. Summarize the importance of one theme as it relates to your action research.
Week 7
Completing the Literature
  1. Place your project into context with the existing literature.
Week 8
Keeping the Momentum
  1. Reflect on your first two chapters and how you could use this action research to further your practice.

Your Mission

A sample assignment from Week 1 of the class Mission of Teaching.

1. Research

Read Chapters 1–2 in Action Research in Art Education (Efron & Ravid, 2020).

2. Discussion

Reflect on the resources this week and consider your own leadership strengths and areas for improvement.

3. Practical, Hands-On Application

Your assignment this week will be in two parts. In Part 1, you will begin your action research journey by writing a formal paper (4–5 pages) clarifying your teaching mission and identifying your area of passion. You will also boost your knowledge by collecting peer-reviewed resources that discuss your area of passion. These resources are the knowledge base for your capstone action research project.
"I would highly recommend this degree, and since this course is a requirement, it is necessary to take it in order to earn the degree! This class was a struggle, but in the end, it was a productive struggle and I grew so much as a result of the blood, sweat, and tears I put into working on my Capstone Research Paper."
Susan M., NY

Let's Get Started

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Enrollment in this course is available to eligible degree-seeking students only. Please contact your advisor for more details.

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