Competency 1: Synthesize Knowledge
You have a good narrative, but you could make it stronger by providing examples from your paper in support of your claims – such as he difference between between project based and problem based learning in STEAM. You would need to cite Merrill’s work and explain your insights in the second sub-competency. You could also discuss and reflect on some of the benefits you found and your future goals for learning. Good work. –
For Competency 1, I selected my research paper from EDCI 531: Learning Theory and Instructional Design. My paper addressed clarifying the terminology of STEAM education as a prerequisite to evaluation.
Demonstrates ability to read and understand educational literature related to Educational Technology
My ability to synthesize knowledge was demonstrated in part by my change of focus when it became apparent that terminology such as project based and problem based were used interchangeably with resulting inexactitude. Originally intended as an analysis of STEAM education, my research turned to an understanding of the language used prior to attempting an evaluation of the program. Rather than accepting the very upbeat language describing STEAM education, I questioned and probed to decipher foundational knowledge.
Demonstrates ability to describe fundamental theories of human learning
STEAM education is inspired in part by Merrill’s Pebble in the Pond problem-based learning theory. The effectiveness of cross-disciplinary, transdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary is strongly debated. Differentiating amongst them was challenging and provided insight into the nuances of learning theory.
Applies knowledge of human learning, diversity, and effective pedagogy to solution of problems
The topic of STEAM education provided a diverse blend of claims and learning environments. I was required to analyze the suitability of a program across a broad range of platforms and situations. STEAM education offered the opportunity to weigh the benefits of a poorly-defined idealistic program within a multitude of settings.