Master of Urban Secondary Teaching (MUST)

Program Overview - Summer 2

Master of Urban Secondary Teaching (MUST)

Program Overview
Summer 2

The second summer of the MUST program is devoted to completing student research project. Students only take one course. Below is an outline of what is included in the student research project.
Introduction (2 - 3 pages)

  • Description of yourself, your personal and professional path to this project
  • Description of your personal, professional interests or concerns behind this project
  • Brief description of the problem and the intervention you will use to promote student learning

Review of the Literature (3 - 4 pages)

  • Description of the findings from 4 - 5 recent and historical research articles/ books that address your intervention (e.g. "Fastbacks" published by Phi Delta Kappa)
  • List of research questions that arise from this literature and the planed use of this intervention in your setting
  • Annotated bibliography based on selected research question and intervention

Methodology (2 - 3 pages)

  • Description of your community setting, your school and its demographics, and the students in your classroom
  • Description of actual "intervention" you will use to promote student learning
  • Description of research methods you will use to study your intervention, to collect and analyze data (e.g. questionnaires, surveys, rubrics, student quizzes and assignments, peer observations, your own teaching journal, classroom environment, etc.)
  • Data collection methods must include a minimum of 3 data sources, a combination of quantitative and qualitative data sources, and at least 1 data source collected by the mentor teacher
  • Description of data analysis process and research timeframe
  • Complete chart of your pilot (fall) and final implementation timelines, data collection methods, data analysis methods
  • Description of the qualitative and quantitative findings from the pilot implementation of the study conducted during the fall semester
  • Description of the qualitative findings that arose from the analyzed data, grouped by themes and illustrated with examples and quotes
  • Quantitative representation of the findings that arose from analyzed data, shared in graphs or charts and illustrated with particularly interesting numbers and percentages
  • Discussion of conclusions that you drew from your qualitative and quantitative data and findings, including comparison of your findings to those of other studies
  • It is strongly suggested that findings be shared in a mini - case study format, focusing in richer detail on the impact the use of intervention had on the learning of 4 - 6 individual students

Limits and Recommendations (1 - 2 pages)

  • Description of factors that may have influenced your research process or your findings
  • Description of components of your research project that you were not able to address sufficiently (most likely because of time)
  • Description of future teacher research projects that might be conducted based on your findings
  • Description of the "so what?" of the intervention - WHY this intervention was necessary and WHY it impacted student learning

References (in APA style)
Tables, Figures, Appendices
Questionnaires, surveys, and specific instruments used for collecting and analyzing data
Graphs, tables and charts that illustrate findings, and that are too large to include in "Findings and Conclusions" section