Evidence of Analytical and Integrative Thinking

List of course papers, extended literature reviews, theoretical analyses, research and professional publications, and other scholarly products providing evidence of analytical and/or integrative thinking capabilities. For each item in this list, briefly describe its purpose, substance, and ways in which it required analytical and/or integrative thinking

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1) Ways of Knowing Final Paper
Purpose: Reflect on a full-year of course readings
Substance: Reflective paper
Analysis/ integration: Synthesizing and reconciling distinct various epistemologies
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2) Final Project for EDIT 705
Purpose: Develop a full proposal for an instructional design product
Substance: Product specifications and design documentations for a video game/ digital lab about Mendelian genetics
Analysis/ integration: Writing a technical paper
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3) First Paper EDUC 805
Purpose: Exploring professional organizations
Substance: A summary of professional organizations in my area of interest
Analysis/ integration: Researching professional educational organizations
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4) Final Journal Reflection EDUC 805
Purpose: Reflection on assignments and speakers during the semester of EDUC 805
Substance: Summary and synthesis of speakers and assignments
Analysis/ integration: Synthesis of a variety of speaker’s ideas, and independent readings from the semester
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5) EDRS 810 Literature Review
Purpose: Write a literature review for a potential research project
Substance: A summary of professional organizations in my area of interest
Analysis/ integration: Finding and integrating research to articulate a novel problem/ novel research problem
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6) EDRS 797 Mixed Methods Module 1
Purpose: Suggest a mixed-methods research study
Substance: Explanation of a problem in the area of video games and education, suggestion of a few
Analysis/ integration: Analysis pf problem, connecting methods to research questions
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7) EDRS 797 Mixed Methods Module 2
Purpose: Conceptual map and memo of for conceptual framework of a research problem
Substance: Concept map and research memo
Analysis/ integration: Integrating theoretical perspectives; pictorial representation of problems
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8 ) EDRS 797 Mixed Methods Module 3
Purpose: Identify potential validity threats and propose how they will be addressed in a research study
Substance: Validity matrix
Analysis/ integration: Analysis of a research problem
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9) Independent Reading Synthesis
Purpose: Investigate pragmatism, realism, and social theories on embodied cognition
Substance: Annotated bibliography and synthesis of readings
Analysis/ integration: Synthesis of major works of scholarship and identification of further required readings
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10) Internship Research Paper
Purpose: Qualitative analysis of structured research investigating teacher learning and beliefs
Substance: Original research paper with a focus on qualitative analysis
Analysis/ integration: Qualitative coding, inter-rater reliablity, literature review, displaying results, writing up a discussion and conclusion section on original research, collaborating with faculty
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11) 811 Quantitative Analysis Paper
Purpose: Analyze data and using APA format, present original research using 1 and 2 way ANOVA and multiple regression analysis
Substance: Original research paper with a focus on quantitative analysis
Analysis/ integration: Conducting quantitative analysis, presenting it using the standard professional conventions, discussing key quantitative  issues such as sample size, statistical significance, homogeneity of variance,and effect sizes
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12) Analysis of Survey Design
Purpose: Collaborate with colleagues to evaluate the design of several surveys in accordance with current literature on established best practices of survey design.
Substance: Evaluating survey instruments based on current research and literature on best practices in survey design.
Analysis/ integration: Critiquing instrument design based upon a corpus of scholarly research
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13) 821 Quantitative Analysis Paper
Purpose: Analyze data and using APA format, present original research using linear regression, multiple regression, 2-3 way ANOVA, and MANOVA
Substance: Original research paper with a focus on quantitative analysis
Analysis/ integration: Conducting quantitative analysis, presenting it using the standard professional conventions, discussing key quantitative  issues such as sample size, statistical significance, homogeneity of variance,and effect sizes. Presenting results to classmates
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14) Scholarly Book Review: Fertilizers, Pills, and Magnetic Strips by G.V. Glass
Purpose: Write a scholarly book review from the perspective of theories in educational leadership
Substance: Analysis and critique of a scholarly book
Analysis/ integration: Integrating my own content knowledge (regarding educational technology) with what I’ve learned about educational leadership and educational methods to provide an analysis and recommendation of the usefulness and rigor of a scholarly book
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16)Leadership case analysis
Purpose: Analyze the leadership style of a selected leader from my area of expertise (instructional technology) and present a leadership case together with a small group of classmates
Substance: Develop a case analysis based on a pre-existing model drawn from leadership studies
Analysis/ Integration: This paper required me and my two colleagues to bring in our own expertise and understanding from the field of instructional technology to argue the case of how someone “transformed” the field. Our expertise was blended with our emerging understanding of the leadership corpus of research to make this case
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17) Preliminary research proposal
Purpose: To begin to think about conceptual context, methods, and propose analysis for a dissertation research project
Substance: A preliminary proposal of research
Analysis/ integration: Synthesizing a conceptual framework, proposing a method, confronting potential validity threats
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