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EDUL 8003 Dissertation - Dr. William Allan Kritsonis


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EDUL 8003 Dissertation - Dr. William Allan Kritsonis

About William Allan Kritsonis, PhD

Dr. Kritsonis is Professor of Educational Leadership at Prairie View A&M University – Member of the Texas A&M University System. He teaches in the PhD Program in Educational Leadership. Dr. Kritsonis taught the Inaugural class session in the doctoral program at the start of the fall 2004 academic year. In October 2006, Dr. Kritsonis chaired the first doctoral student to earn a PhD in Educational Leadership at Prairie View A&M University. Dr. Kritsonis has chaired 22 doctoral dissertations along with serving as a committee member on many others.

Dr. Kritsonis Lectures at the University of Oxford, Oxford, England

In 2005, Dr. Kritsonis was an Invited Visiting Lecturer at the Oxford Round Table at Oriel College in the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. His lecture was entitled the Ways of Knowing Through the Realms of Meaning.

Dr. Kritsonis Recognized as Distinguished Alumnus

In 2004, Dr. William Allan Kritsonis was recognized as the Central Washington University Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Education and Professional Studies. Dr. Kritsonis was nominated by alumni, former students, friends, faculty, and staff. Final selection was made by the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Recipients are CWU graduates of 20 years or more and are recognized for achievement in their professional field and have made a positive contribution to society. For the second consecutive year, U.S. News and World Report placed Central Washington University among the top elite public institutions in the west. CWU was 12th on the list in the 2006 On-Line Education of “America’s Best Colleges.”

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EDUL 8003 Dissertation - Dr. William Allan Kritsonis

  1. 1. 1 PVAMU EDUL 8003: DISSERTATION (P03)Department: Educational Leadership and CounselingCollege: Whitlowe R. Green College of EducationInstructor Name: William A. KritsonisOffice Location: Delco 233Office Phone: 936-261-3652 832-483-7889 (Cell)Fax: 936-261-3617Email Address: wakritsonis@pvamu.eduSnail Mail: Prairie View A&M University P.O. Box 519 Mail Stop 2420 Prairie View, TX 77446Office Hours: (Northwest Houston Center) 1:00 – 5:00 PM (T), 1:00 – 5:30 PM & 8:20 – 9:20 PM (W, TH) Please Call for an AppointmentVirtual Office Hours:Course Configuration: Face to FaceCourse Location: Juvenile Justice Bldg., Rm. # 240Class Meeting Day: Monday, 5:30-8:20 PMCourse Abbreviation: EDUL 8003Catalog Description: Studies, program procedures, and dissertation issues. May be repeated.Prerequisites: Admission to doctoral program and advancement to candidacy.Required Texts: NoneHouse Bill 2504:Please Note: House Bill 2504 does allow students the choice not to purchase the class textbook(s). Student’shave the choice of using alternative methods to access textbook information (internet websites, books on reservedat the library, etc). Students are required and held accountability to complete all assignments as noted in thesyllabus.Access to Learning Resources: PVAMU Library: phone: (936) 261-1500; web: University Bookstore: phone: (936) 261-1990; web: Goals: To design, execute and report on a study that is original, substantial and defensible in contributing to the Educational Leadership knowledge baseCourse Objectives: To apply acceptable educational research procedures to: - identify an educational leadership problem that can be investigated - develop appropriate research questions/hypotheses - have the procedures approved by a dissertation committee and by the university’s IRB - conduct the research and report the findings
  2. 2. 2Course Goals/Accrediting Body Standards/Outcomes Course Goal ELCC Standard (2.2a &b) Course ObjectiveTo design, execute and report 2.2a. Candidates demonstrate an To apply acceptable educationalon a study that is original, understanding of a variety of research procedures to:substantial and defensible in instructional research - identify an educationalcontributing to the Educational methodologies and can analyze leadership problem that can beLeadership knowledge base the comparable strengths and investigated, develop weaknesses of each method. appropriate research questions/hypotheses, have the procedures approved by a dissertation committee and by 2.2b. Candidates are able to use the universitys IRB, and qualitative and quantitative data, conduct the research and report appropriate research methods, the findings. technology, and information systems to develop a long-range plan for a district that assesses the district’s improvement and accountability systems. E-FOLD-P (CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK) Educator as Facilitator of Learning for Diverse Populations 5.0 To prepare beginning administrators as problem solvers, critical thinkers and decision makers. 6.0 To prepare beginning administrators as facilitators of teacher and student growth and development through understanding of leadership dimensions. 7.0 To provide beginning administrators with an awareness of human diversity, a knowledge of the importance and skills needed for effective community and parental involvement. 8.0 To prepare beginning administrators to be reflect and continual learners with knowledge and value of self- appraisal techniques and goal setting for a strong personal commitment.
  3. 3. 3 Quality Without Compromise Closing the Loop The Six Question Model at Prairie View A&M University Outcome What lts Is esu gies Desired? Ma pen? fR rate Ho ke it Did t a o eo Wh wt p You St Ha ? Us Do Continuous Improvement Circle Th ts? (CIC) w ? sed l l Ho su W il We e As It be Wh re at Re ses ans s ult When Me es Will it R Be Assessed? Cycle Dana/Thomas-Smith/Closing the Loop Six Question Model/landscapeCourse Evaluation Method:This is a pass/fail course. Upon successful defense of the dissertation, students will be recommended for issuanceof a Ph.D. degree via the Graduate School. Because this course spans several semesters, students will be givenan “I” until the last semester when the dissertation is defended successfully.TRUE OUTCOMESTrue Outcomes was a tool used by the University for Assessment Purposes. Currently, PVAMU is transitioningfrom it to another assessment tool for students. The new assessment tool and artifacts for fall 2011 will beannounced during the course of the semester.eCourses (Moodle)PVAMU is moving to a new course management system (CMS) for online and web-assisted courses. Startingin the 2011 Fall semester, eCourses will use the Moodle System.Course ProceduresSubmission of Assignments:All work will be submitted to Dr. Kritsonis either via his email or by hard copy. If a hard copy is submitted, a writableCD must accompany it.Formatting Documents:Microsoft Word is the standard word processing tool used at PVAMU. If you’re using other word processors, besure to use the “save as” tool and save the document in either the Microsoft Word, Rich-Text, or plain text format.Exam PolicyExams should be taken as scheduled. No makeup examinations will be allowed except under documentedemergencies (See Student Handbook).
  4. 4. 4Professional Organizations and JournalsAmerican Association for School AdministratorsNational Association of Elementary School PrincipalsNational Association of Secondary School PrincipalsPhi Delta KappaTexas Elementary Principals and Supervisors AssociationTexas Association of Secondary School PrincipalsAmerican Journal of EducationAmerican School Board JournalEducation Administration AbstractsEducation Administration QuarterlyEducation WeekEducational LeadershipNASSP BulletinNational FORUM Journals ( Delta KappanTASSP News HighlightsTEPSA JournalTexas StudyTheory Into PracticeToday’s EducationReferencesAmerican Association for School Administrators ( thAmerican Psychological Association (2009). Publication manual of the APA (6 ed.). Washington DC: AuthorEducational Leadership Constituents Council (ELCC) Standards ( School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards ( Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) ( Rules and ProceduresDisability statement (See Student Handbook):Students with disabilities, including learning disabilities, who wish to request accommodations in class shouldregister with the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) early in the semester so that appropriatearrangements may be made. In accordance with federal laws, a student requesting special accommodations mustprovide documentation of their disability to the SSD coordinator.Academic misconduct (See Student Handbook):You are expected to practice academic honesty in every aspect of this course and all other courses. Make sure youare familiar with your Student Handbook, especially the section on academic misconduct. Students who engage inacademic misconduct are subject to university disciplinary procedures.Forms of academic dishonesty: 1. Cheating: deception in which a student misrepresents that he/she has mastered information on an academic exercise that he/she has not mastered; giving or receiving aid unauthorized by the instructor on assignments or examinations. 2. Academic misconduct: tampering with grades or taking part in obtaining or distributing any part of a scheduled test. 3. Fabrication: use of invented information or falsified research. 4. Plagiarism: unacknowledged quotation and/or paraphrase of someone else’s words, ideas, or data as one’s own in work submitted for credit. Failure to identify information or essays from the Internet and submitting them as one’s own work also constitutes plagiarism.
  5. 5. 5Nonacademic misconduct (See Student Handbook)The university respects the rights of instructors to teach and students to learn. Maintenance of these rightsrequires campus conditions that do not impede their exercise. Campus behavior that interferes with either (1) theinstructor’s ability to conduct the class, (2) the inability of other students to profit from the instructional program, or(3) campus behavior that interferes with the rights of others will not be tolerated. An individual engaging in suchdisruptive behavior may be subject to disciplinary action. Such incidents will be adjudicated by the Dean ofStudents under nonacademic procedures.Sexual misconduct (See Student Handbook):Sexual harassment of students and employers at Prairie View A&M University is unacceptable and will not betolerated. Any member of the university community violating this policy will be subject to disciplinary action.Attendance Policy:Prairie View A&M University requires regular class attendance. Excessive absences will result in lowered grades.Excessive absenteeism, whether excused or unexcused, may result in a student’s course grade being reduced orin assignment of a grade of “F”. Absences are accumulated beginning with the first day of class.Student Academic Appeals ProcessAuthority and responsibility for assigning grades to students rests with the faculty. However, in those instanceswhere students believe that miscommunication, errors, or unfairness of any kind may have adversely affected theinstructors assessment of their academic performance, the student has a right to appeal by the procedure listed inthe Undergraduate Catalog and by doing so within thirty days of receiving the grade or experiencing any otherproblematic academic event that prompted the complaint.Two “C” RulePlease Note: Continual matriculation at PVAMU requires that no more than two C’s shall be earned in a graduatedegree program. Any grade earned below a C means automatic dismissal from the graduate program.NOTE: No grade of “C” or below will be accepted toward certification.Technical Considerations for Online and Web-Assist CoursesMinimum Hardware and Software Requirements: -Pentium with Windows XP or PowerMac with OS 9 -56K modem or network access -Internet provider with SLIP or PPP -8X or greater CD-ROM -64MB RAM -Hard drive with 40MB available space -15” monitor, 800x600, color or 16 bit -Sound card w/speakers -Microphone and recording software -Keyboard & mouse -Netscape Communicator ver. 4.61 or Microsoft Internet Explorer ver. 5.0 /plug-ins -Participants should have a basic proficiency of the following computer skills: ·Sending and receiving email ·A working knowledge of the Internet ·Proficiency in Microsoft Word ·Proficiency in the Acrobat PDF Reader ·Basic knowledge of Windows or Mac O.S.Netiquette (online etiquette): students are expected to participate in all discussions and virtual classroom chatswhen directed to do so. Students are to be respectful and courteous to others in the discussions. Foul or abusivelanguage will not be tolerated. When referring to information from books, websites or articles, please use APAstandards to reference sources.Technical Support: Students should call the Prairie View A&M University Helpdesk at 936-261-2525 for technicalissues with accessing your online course. The helpdesk is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week. For other
  6. 6. 6technical questions regarding your online course, call the Office of Distance Learning at 936-261-3290 or 936-261-3282Communication Expectations and Standards:All emails will receive a response from the instructor within 48 hours.You can send email anytime that is convenient to you, but I check my email messages continuously during the daythroughout the work-week (Monday through Friday). I will respond to email messages during the work-week by theclose of business (5:00 pm) on the day following my receipt of them. Emails that I receive on Friday will beresponded to by the close of business on the following Monday. NOTICE OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITYPrairie View A&M University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex,disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person(s) has been designated to handleinquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Name: Renee R. Williams Title: Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator Institution: Prairie View A&M University Office of Student Affairs & Institutional Relations Address: P.O. Box 519: MS 1107 A.I. Thomas Building, St 013 Prairie View, Texas 77446 Telephone: 936-261-2123 Fax: 936-261-2138 Email: rrwilliams@pvamu.eduIndividuals requesting a disability accommodation should contact: Name: Dr. Kay Norman Title: Administrator for Diagnostic Testing and Disability Services Institution: Prairie View A&M University Email: kfnorman@pvamu.eduState Ethics Law:Texas Educators’ Code of Ethics-TAC 247.2