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General Course Information for MAT622: Comparative Ed Systems

Course: MAT622 - Comparative Ed Systems
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Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description: Examination of national and regional educational systems, approaches and theories, identify global trends, and theorize on a prospective system of education for the 21st century US school. They will develop a comparative perspective of international educational ideas, traditions and systems and their relationships with U.S. education. Course investigates structure and organization of national educational systems, societal attitudes towards education, teacher preparation, instructional methodologies, student behaviors, collaboration with family and community.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate major characteristics of selected national and regional educational systems, such as educational policy, laws, administration and management, mission, structure, school organization, curriculum and instructional approaches.
  • Develop strategies to compare major educational ideas and approaches characteristic of international systems of education.
  • Synthesize findings on the most effective educational approaches that may be applicable in the US system.
  • Demonstrate application of the comparative study of international educational systems and global trends to a particular situation in a US school, district or community through graduate level writing, discussions and the use of Information Technology.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyze the interdependence among socio-economic, political, geographic and technological factors at both national and global levels and appraise their impact on education and educational systems.
  • Analyze the interdependence among socio-economic, political, geographic and technological factors at both national and global levels and their impact on education and educational systems.
  • Analyze the ways in which cultural, religious and linguistic factors affect countries’ choices of educational systems and educational priorities.
  • Design effective organizational, technological or instructional applications to address challenges in the US professional educational environment.
  • Evaluate various international educational theories and practices using research and personal experiences in order to make improvements to current school environments.
  • Implement new knowledge of innovative international educational systems, educational theories and practices into practical recommendations for improving teaching and learning in US schools.
  • Synthesize new knowledge of innovative international educational systems, educational theories and practices, and develop practical recommendations for improving teaching and learning in US schools.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

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  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures