David W. Rudge                                                                                          Summer Term I 2015

email: david.rudge@wmich.edu                                                       SCI 6150

Office: 3134 Wood Hall; tel. 387-2779                                      TR 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Office hours: TR 4:30-5:30 pm and by appt.                         Location: 2734 Wood


Seminar presentations


                  As noted in the syllabus, all students (working in pairs) must each give one brief presentation of a science education journal article of your choosing, with permission from your instructor. The following is a brief description of what is expected of you and how you will be evaluated.


1. Each of you will be evaluated with regard to your participation during all five of these discussion sessions. Part of this is a matter of professional courtesy - you demonstrate respect to your fellow participants when you ask intelligent questions about articles when you are not the presenter that week. But part also, to be candid, is the practical necessity of giving you all an incentive to study the readings in the absence of an exam on this material. Half of your presentation grade will be based on this assessment.


2. As a presenter, I will expect you and your partner to provide me with a copy of your proposed article to make sure it is appropriate, i.e. represents a science education research article, rather than an opinion piece. Once approved, I will provide copies of it for your classmates.


3. To facilitate the discussion, I expect you and your partner to prepare a brief handout outlining the major argument of the article, i.e. the major conclusions and evidence the author(s)for them. The handout should identify outstanding questions you propose we discuss. Mention of what you take to be the article's weaknesses and strengths, or the relevance of the article for your own research, is particularly welcome.


4. As a presenter, I will also expect you to meet with me briefly once prior to your session to discuss the article you have chosen, what you think are the main discussion points, and any questions you might have. Please let me know in advance when you plan to drop by so I can be sure to have read and thought about the article prior to our meeting. Please also bring a tentative copy of your proposed handout.


5. With regard to your presentation itself, you and your partner will be evaluated primarily with regard to the extent to which you accurately portray the author(s)'s views and present an intelligent critique of them. When you disagree with the author(s), consider what the author(s) might say in response to your concerns.