PhD: Elective Course Descriptions

CI 502 Managing the Classroom

The course will give a general overview of the social and psychological factors which determine or affect student behavior in educational settings. It includes systems for classroom management to maximize student learning outcomes, and techniques for meeting the varied needs of learners in a classroom, with a view to increasing motivation, managing groups, orienting students, and allowing the quality use of time in the classroom.

CI 503 Educational Leadership and School Development

This course provides candidates with insights into managing the school as an organization and looks at defining goals and objectives for the school as well as how to carry out strategic and operational planning. The course will explore ways of creating an effective learning and teaching environment from an administrative perspective. Emphasis will be given to the process of introducing successful innovation within schools and to improving the processes of decision making and communication.

CI 506 IB & IGCSE Curricula

International education programs. The nature of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Students requirements for obtaining the IB Diploma. Planning IB Diploma courses. teaching IB Diploma courses. The nature of the International General Certificate of Secondary Education. Student requirements for obtaining IGCSE certificates. Planning IGCSE courses. teaching IGCSE courses. critical thinking and Theory of Knowledge. Community Service. School structure and authorization for offering IB and IGCSE programs.

CI 508 Assessing Student Learning & Progress

The course will focus on formative and summative evaluation at elementary and high school levels. It will review fundamental concepts, principles and uses of testing and evaluation for monitoring the progress and achievement of school students of all ages. Participants will gain experience of devising effective means of formative assessment and recording progress, and in writing specific learning outcomes. They will compose tests, writing items to measure objective and complex outcomes, and analysing items and examinations to guide student learning and to inform practice.

CI 511 Curriculum in an International Context

The course examines education, specifically education in schools and the school curriculum, in several countries. In particular, course participants study and compare the International Baccalaureate (IB) system of curricula and assessment from primary to high school, and the nature and role of international education. Such study includes the nature of the IB diploma program; planning, teaching and assessing IB courses; together with critical thinking and the theory of knowledge. The International General Certificate in Secondary Education (IGCSE) is also considered. International large scale comparative studies are included, particularly the findings from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

CI 514 Curriculum Development & Evaluation

This course is designed to examine approaches to curriculum development and evaluation. It considers curriculum theorizing, curriculum models and curriculum planning at different levels. The course also provides evaluation models and techniques to analyze curriculum and its components. Procedures and issues for curriculum development and evaluation, factors that impact curriculum, and curriculum decision making are also studied.

CI 515 Trends and Issues in Instruction and Assessment

This course will provide participants with an understanding of current trends and issues in instruction and assessment. It will explore procedures for instructional design, delivery, and evaluation. The course will also survey current methods and techniques used to assess student performance. Participants will critically reflect on, and evaluate, current practices and future directions.

CI 516Child and Adolescent Psychology

The course provides an introduction to the milestones of development from childhood through adolescence to adulthood.It covers developmental research methods, the biological and social contextual contributions to individual development, and the fundamental theories of cognitive and psychological development (such as those of Piaget and Erickson). These theories are integrated into a consideration of physical, cognitive, social and emotional development in childhood and adolescence. Aspects of developmental research which focus on the implications for parenting and education are discussed.

CI 517Learning Theories and Practice

The course focuses on theories of human learning and their implications for education, how we develop and acquire knowledge and skills. It will present behaviorist, social, cognitive and constructivist learning theories, and consider their contribution to teaching practices and to the understanding of students’ learning processes.

CI 518 Science of Learning

The course focuses on theories of human learning and their implications for education, how we develop and acquire knowledge and skills. It will present behaviorist, social, cognitive and constructivist learning theories, and consider their contribution to teaching practices and to the understanding of students' learning processes.

CI 532 Written Academic Discourse

The course provides participants with necessary knowledge and skills to develop an acceptable academic style of writing.

CI 603 Practicum in Curriculum Development and Evaluation

The course provides experience in developing and evaluating curricula. It introduces technical and non-technical approaches to development and evaluation. Participants will be expected to pursue a field study in their own schools.

CI 606 Qualitative Research Methods

The course is intended to provide participants with the basic skills needed to conduct qualitative research. It will focus on methods of qualitative data collection and analysis. Participants will be expected to develop and implement data collection and analysis tools to explore and address educational issues.

CI 608 Current Trends and Issues in Educational Technology

The aim of this course is to explore current trends and related issues in educational technology. The overall theme of the course considers the many different ways educational technology is used in education; types of available technology, teachers' and students' use of technology, and challenges for the education community at large will be included. Applications, such as Web 2.0, multimedia, and simulations will be considered in detail. Case studies of good practice, and critical evaluation utilizing related scientific research pertaining to the effectiveness of educational technology in teaching and learning will be studied. Sessions will include practical applications in the computer laboratory and students will also be expected to pursue applications relating to their field of expertise at their own time.

CI 611 Issues and Trends in Education

The course focuses on educational issues and trends at the national and global level. Participants will explore and discuss implications of policies affecting educational goals, processes and outcomes. The course involves an analysis of the micro- and macro-level issues nationally and internationally, including those concerned with structural and organizational issues, teacher-training, elementary education, secondary education, higher education, and the transitional problems between these levels.

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