This course, based on the exit-level Texas Performance Standards Project for gifted and talentedstudents, offers a non-traditional learning experience to those students who have the ability to create innovative products or performances. Students will develop a product proposal, compile a portfolio, conduct in-depth research, and make prepared presentations about their research, product(s), or performance(s). Under the supervision of the Independent Studies teacher, students work to create related product(s) with real-world application(s) and tangible documentation. Students will be provided with opportunities to share their presentations and receive evaluative feedback multiple times in a variety of venues with authentic audiences.
Components of the course include, but are not limited to, the following:Development of Research QuestionsResearch MethodologySources of InformationCollection of DataAnalysis and Interpretation of DataMultiple PerspectivesEthics/Unanswered QuestionsOrganization of Product DevelopmentPresentation DeliveryUse of Vocabulary of the DisciplineDepth of UnderstandingImpact of study to Current Knowledge
Independent Studies may be taken for one semester or for a full academic year, depending on the focus of the proposal.
All students working on independent studies are expected to:Be able to focus on their project and work on their own with a minimum of supervisionReport regularly on their learning and self-evaluate their progress Maintain consistent progress on their investigation productPrepare and deliver presentations about their findings and productsDocument their research & development of project through a detailed process record
Students and parents must sign the Lovejoy ISD Independent Studies Proposal to ensure understanding of the requirements and responsibilities.