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Reflection Paper Guidelines for Graduate Credit

In order to get graduate credit for the course, a reflection paper is required.  The format and requirements for the reflection paper are given below.  A rubric has also been developed using these criteria and organization for the paper.  Your instructor will use this rubric to assess your reflection paper should you decide to take the course for graduate credit.  

Your course reflection paper should not be a summary or report of information presented in the course.  It should be a self analysis of how your feelings and perceptions about your learning the course content, backed by evidence which demonstrates your growth throughout the course.  Reflective writing can be done in many forms.

In his book, Creating Significant Learning Experiences, L. Dee Fink, describes a hierarchy of ways in which learning can be significant in both your professional and personal life.  The criteria for the course reflection paper are adapted from Dr. Fink’s taxonomy of significant learning.  As you write your paper, reflect on the various ways in which your learning in the course was significant. Organize your reflection around the six areas of significant learning.  Be sure to include supporting evidence from the course that demonstrates your personal growth and professional development.  You should use evidence from the readings and activities, the weekly discussions, development of the final course project, and any other course experience that was significant to your learning experience.

Fink, L. Dee.  2013.  Creating Significant Learning Experiences. John Wiley and Sons.  San Francisco.  ISBN-13: 978-1118124253

Chapter 2 of the book describes this taxonomy of significant  learning.  A condensation of the chapter can be found in “Taxonomy of Significant Learning” at http://www.wcu.edu/WebFiles/PDFs/facultycenter_SignificantLearning.pdf

Learn more at Designing Significant Learning Experiences   http://www.designlearning.org/

Organization and Content of the Reflection Paper

Foundational Knowledge     (10 points)

Application     (15 points)

Integration     (10 points)

Human Dimension     (5 points)

Caring     (5 points)

Learning How to Learn     (5 points)

Course Reflection Paper Assessment Rubric

Course Reflection Paper Grading and Assessment Rubric

Exemplary

Demonstrates superior proficiency in the content knowledge and skills of the course

A

Piece has well developed organization and clearly articulated statement of purpose. Question is addressed thoroughly with insight and thoughtful comments that are strongly supported by evidence.

Very Good

Demonstrates advanced proficiency in the content knowledge and skills of the course

B

Piece has good organization and clearly articulated purpose. Ideas address the question with depth, clear understanding, and substantial supporting evidence.

Satisfactory

Demonstrates basic proficiency in the content knowledge and skills of the course

C

Piece has definite organization and purpose. Ideas are minimal and address the question with some supporting evidence.

Sufficient

Demonstrates partial proficiency in the content knowledge and skills of the course

D

Piece has some organization and purpose. Ideas are generalizations which address the question. Supporting evidence is unclear, or lacking.

Inadequate

Does not demonstrate adequate levels of proficiency in the content knowledge and skills of the course

F

Piece lacks organization or purpose. Ideas do not address the question. Generalizations are vague or confusing and lack supporting evidence.

F

D

C

B

A

Course Title

No Basis

Inadequate

Sufficient

Satisfactory

Very Good

Exemplary

Student

Score

Final Project

50

Points

0

0.0%

Foundational Knowledge

What did you learn by taking this course?

Discuss the knowledge in terms of content and/or skills gained by taking this course.

0

1

3

4

4.5

5

How has taking this course increased your understanding of the course content in general?

Discuss how this course helped develop and/or increase your understanding of the content.

0

1

3

4

4.5

5

Application

How will what you learned in the course help you increase the learning of your students?

Discuss how the content of this course applies to the learners in your classroom.

0

1

3

4

4.5

5

How will you use the content of the course to increase your teaching effectiveness?

Discuss the application of the content to your teaching practice.

0

1

3

4

4.5

5

What skills or abilities did you learn to do by taking this course?

Discuss the development of any skills or abilities you increased by taking this course.

0

1

3

4

4.5

5

Integration

How did the concepts covered in the individual units of the course relate to your ability to achieve the goals of the course?

Discuss the relationship that connects the concepts covered in each unit to the broad goals of the course.

0

1

3

4

4.5

5

How did taking the course aid in your professional growth?

Discuss the relationship between the goals of the course and your professional growth as an educator.

0

1

3

4

4.5

5

Human Dimension

What is the significance of the course content to yourself, your students, your colleagues, or your academic content specialty?

Discuss any insights about yourself or others gained from taking this course in terms of your academic content specialty.

0

1

3

4

4.5

5

Caring

How has taking this course increased your desire to learn more about the content area in the future?

Discuss any new interests or values that you gained because of taking this course.

0

1

3

4

4.5

5

Learning How to Learn

How has your participation in this course enhanced the effectiveness of your future learning?

Discuss any insights you gained through the course regarding your learning process.

0

1

3

4

4.5

5

Total for Reflection Paper

50

Points

0

0.0%

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