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EDUC 211: Foundations of Exceptional Learners: Field Experience Research

Research Article Presentation Objectives

Field Experience Research Essay Objectives:
You will be required to write a reflective and research-supported essay based on your field experience. The following criteria should be taken into consideration:

  • 3-5 typed, double-spaced pages
  • Writing with the purpose of reflecting upon and analyzing your field experience
    • Intro: Include a strong thesis and a hook for your reader. Describe what you did during your experience.
    • Body: Explore presumptions and how those were validated or changed. What attitudes, beliefs, and values did you bring with you to the experience? Were you surprised by what you saw? Were you surprised by your own behavior? Connect observations to course content, then discuss ideas for how you could've responded to these situations. Be specific with your examples from your experience. Include your peer-reviewed sources here to support your claims/arguments.
    • Conclusion: Reflect on and review your thesis statements. Examine how the experience affected you. Has your outlook on teaching/education changed at all? Did you gain a new insight? What will stay with you as you move forward in your career as a student and a teacher? 
  • Inclusion of at least 3 peer-reviewed sources as evidence to support claims/positions made in your essay
  • What new questions/thoughts have been generated from the research?

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Disabilities and Disorders:

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