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2015 Master’s Research Presentations
June 2, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 6:15 pm
You are cordially invited to the Master’s Research Presentations of the 2015 MAT Cohort
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015, 3:30 – 6:15 pm, Goodpaster Hall, SMCM
- 3:45 – 4:45 Session 1
- 4:45 – 5:15 Reception
- 5:15 – 6:15 Session 2
2015 MAT Cohort:
The current cohort, with 29 elementary, secondary, and K-12 interns, is our 9th MAT cohort. During the year, all interns work at least 20 weeks in St. Mary’s Public Schools.
The purpose of the MRP:
In Educational Studies, we believe that effective teachers need a thorough grounding in the research on what works in schools, the ability to identify and solve problems, the tools to evaluate the effectiveness of their solutions, and strong skills in building relationships and in reflecting on themselves. We ask them to demonstrate all of these things to us in the form of their master’s research project, a year-long investigation into their own practice or, very occasionally, into a question about schooling which troubles them so much that they can’t walk away from it.
Thus, their master’s research projects (MRPs) consist of:
- identifying a teaching problem they would like to address or a burning question they would like to explore,
- investigating what is known about addressing that problem or question,
- designing their own strategy to get at their chosen project,
- carrying out that strategy, and
- evaluating its effectiveness.
Through this process, interns develop expertise in an area of special interest to them, develop skills at rigorously studying their own practice, and engage in continual reflection on their own teaching and on how to better serve their students.
The culmination of the project is a public presentation the week before they graduate, as well as an article published in our electronic journal, “A Rising TIDE.”
Thank you to the faculty and staff of:
- St. Mary’s County Public Schools
- The Department of Educational Studies
- St. Mary’s College of Maryland