Presentation on theme: "Technology Education Master’s Program Advisors’ Recommendations (Survey Results) Jim Flowers, Ball State University."— Presentation transcript:
1 Technology Education Master’s Program Advisors’ Recommendations (Survey Results) Jim Flowers, Ball State University
2 TeamDr. Jim Flowers Professor of Technology & Director of Online Education Advisor for Ball State’s MA in Technology EducationDr. Edward J. LazarosAssistant Professor of Technology & Coordinator/Advisor for Ball State’s Master of Arts in Career and Technical Education
3 Two studiesLazaros, E., & Flowers, J. (2014). Keys to succeeding in a master’s program: Advice from technology education graduate advisors / faculty. Technology and Engineering Teacher, 73(5),Flowers, J., & Lazaros, E. (2013). Where to earn a master’s degree. Technology & Engineering Teacher Electronic Supplement, 72(8), 1-16.
4 Passages in this presentation also appear in Lazaros, E., & Flowers, J. (2014). Keys to succeeding in a master’s program: Advice from technology education graduate advisors / faculty. Technology and Engineering Teacher, 73(5),
5 http://jcflowers1.iweb.bsu.edu/ pres/2014ITEEA/AdviceRaw.pdf Full datasetFor the entire list of anonymous data in this research containing all recommendations by all program advisors, edited only by removing identifying information, see:pres/2014ITEEA/AdviceRaw.pdf
6 I’m thinking about earning a master’s degree, but I really need some advice first.
7 Graduate Advisor Survey All 25 programs listed in the Engineering & Technology Teacher Education Directory (Rogers, 2012) as having at least one master’s graduateNine additional programs not listed in that directory identified through an Internet searchTarget survey population = 34.
8 ProtocolIRB approvalrequest to participate in October 2012, with a reminder sent two weeks laterOnline survey open for one month
9 Sample FilterAdministering, advising students, or teaching in a degree program most closely associated with technology educationIf not, then a request to forward the recruitment message to the most appropriate individual at their institution
10 Instrument Online Qualtrics survey Section 1: up-to-date information to inform initial article on “Where to Earn a Degree.” (n=20, not anonymous)Section 2: advice for potential graduate students (n = 21, anonymous)
12 Section 2 “Please write one sentence, maybe more, giving us your best advice to graduate students (or prospective graduatestudents) in each of the following stages:Trying to decide whether this is the right time for me to start a master’s program.Choosing which program and institution is the best fit for me.Making application to graduate school.Succeeding as a graduate student.Conducting master’s level research.”
15 1. Is This the Right Time? Understand your goals. “Investigate your short-term and long-term personal and professional goals…Why do I want to pursue a graduate degree? Self-fulfillment and improvement? A quest for knowledge? Increased earning potential?”These goals are individual, “there is no single answer to this question.”
16 1. Is This the Right Time? Timing “It is always the right time.”When you can commit “a minimum of 20 hours per week…”“Contact faculty at that university to discuss your current situation and future career goals.”
18 2. Choosing the Program & Institution Goals and fit “Determining your goals for coming to graduate school will help us help you determine if and how your program fits your goals.” Therefore,“Talk to faculty [but also to] students in the program and graduates of the program to get a ‘feel’ for [it].”“If you are more interested in research, consider a research -orient institution. If you are primarily interested in teaching, you may want to look at an university that emphasizes teaching more than research.”
19 2. Choosing the Program & Institution Characteristics “length of program, costs, course titles and descriptions, and the institution.”“Quality, cost, convenience.”“… scholarships”
20 2. Choosing the Program & Institution Program Theme, for example “This program is ‘teacher-focused.’ It is unique in that it allows educators the opportunity to complete multiple K-12 endorsements…”“This program is designed to directly address national standards and state licensure standards…”
21 2. Choosing the Program & Institution Program Faculty “Select the university [that] has a strong group of faculty that are interested and focused on the teaching and learning process.”
22 2. Choosing the Program & Institution Location “This can be geographically made and typically is...”“Our program is offered in an asynchronous format. ”
23 2. Choosing the Program & Institution Challenge “Graduate studies should be about challenging yourself and that may require you to go into a program that is outside of your comfort zone.”
25 3. Making Application Get informed. “Investigate the application process and requirements...”“Carefully read The Graduate Catalog and determine that institution's policies, procedures, and schedule. ”
26 3. Making Application Make contact. “Meet with a program advisor first.”“Make face to face contact in person or electronically and engage in dialog prior to applying.”However, “Fully online programs normally allow students to also apply for admission online and not require phone or live contact to pursue admissions.”
27 3. Making Application Start early. “Start early and give yourself enough time… Complete all application materials well in advance to provide enough time for review and acceptance before classes begin.”
28 3. Making Application Follow the guidelines. “Follow all the directions. Follow up that every thing has been received...”“Make sure it is complete”
29 3. Making Application Take it seriously. “Do well as you can on the GRE and make sure your references know you well for areas related to graduate education. Your written sample has a lot of weight and so do your experiences.”“In making application to graduate school, I recommend approaching it as if you were making application for a job you really want. Pay close attention to details and provide professional-level correspondence, etc.”
31 4. Succeeding as a Graduate Student “Time management” “Budget your time.”“Do not wait for deadlines to complete your work, be pro-active.”“Online education is both challenging and rewarding. Success often depends on good organizational skills and a dedication to task associated to the programs. Staying current with online classes is essential to be highly effective and successful.”
32 4. Succeeding as a Graduate Student Work closely with faculty and advisor “You need to engage your professors on a regular basis.”“Even if you are an online student, personal contact and support is key.”“Do not hesitate to communicate with your course instructors…”“Connect with your advisor …”“Get involved as much as possible with your faculty, other graduate students, and support staff of the program/university.”
33 4. Succeeding as a Graduate Student Focus “Engage deeply in the program.”“Take time to study, and if you can, go full-time on campus.”“Recognize that the engagement with content must occur at a deeper level than in your undergraduate work.”
34 4. Succeeding as a Graduate Student Be willing to give up some things. “Ask family members to take up the slack around the house so that you can concentrate and be prompt. To perform well, you should expect to give up some other things, such as choir practice, coaching, and other elective service.”
35 4. Succeeding as a Graduate Student Read and write. “Be prepared to read, read, read, and write, write, write. Graduate schools generally require much more reading, research, and writing than undergraduate programs…”
36 4. Succeeding as a Graduate Student Let yourself get into it. “Work hard, value the environment, and enjoy the opportunity.”“Follow your interests.”
38 5. Conducting Master’s Level Research Selecting a research topic: advisor “Talk with your advisor and attempt to connect your research with the focus area of your advisor.”“If you have a research assistantship, then consider designing your own research project to compliment the research being conducted by your supervisor.”
39 5. Conducting Master’s Level Research Selecting a research topic: personal “select a topic you would consider your ‘passion.’”“Do something that is meaningful to you and to students.”
40 5. Conducting Master’s Level Research Selecting a research topic: meaningful “Explore big ideas as much as possible in the early stages of your graduate studies.”“Focus and application in the real world.”“Work closely with your committee chair and conduct research that is important to the profession.”
41 5. Conducting Master’s Level Research Review the literature very well. “Do exhaustive literature reviews prior to developing your proposals as well as during your research.”“Being thorough is the most important thing. Conduct complete literature reviews…”
42 5. Conducting Master’s Level Research Research methods & statistics courses “Take your Research Methods course as early in your program as possible.”“Statistical analysis is common among all studies and understanding basic statistics and analysis techniques are essential.”
43 5. Conducting Master’s Level Research Get an early start. “Get your basics of research methods and statistics early enough in your career as a graduate student to know whether or not research is what you want to do.”“You should start working on possible topics as soon as you start your course work.”
44 5. Conducting Master’s Level Research Multitask and work hard. “Be prepared to be doing lots of things simultaneously, and also feeling a little out of one's depth on most of them.”
45 5. Conducting Master’s Level Research Think of yourself as a researcher. “Accept the responsibility that a graduate degree IS a research degree, even at the master's level. Don't view research as a burden or requirement. Rather, consider it a responsibility to your field and an opportunity for yourself. Embrace this opportunity… Don't forget to pursue joint research with your faculty and peer graduate students.”
46 5. Conducting Master’s Level Research Get help when you need it. “Get writing and statistical help if needed.”
47 5. Conducting Master’s Level Research Use sound research design & techniques. “Report what you discover, not what you perceive to have discovered.”“Learn to recognize quality research and study the methodologies associated with it. Replicate the qualities of good research and avoid the mistakes of mediocre or poor research.”
48 In all…Graduate study may not be for everyone, but for those considering graduate study, the choice should be made after considering one’s goals, the timing of graduate school, and other personal and professional commitments. Working seriously and efficiently toward one’s goals while remaining in good communication with program faculty, especially a graduate advisor, could be keys to success.
49 Technology Education Master’s Program Advisors’ Recommendations (Survey Results) Jim Flowers, Ball State University
50 “Technology Education Master’s Program Advisors’ Recommendations” Comments? Questions? This study: Lazaros, E., & Flowers, J. (2014). Keys to succeeding in a master’s program: Advice from technology education graduate advisors / faculty. Technology and Engineering Teacher, 73(5),Full anonymous dataset: pres/2014ITEEA/AdviceRaw.pdfCompanion study: Flowers, J., & Lazaros, E. (2013). Where to earn a master’s degree. Technology & Engineering Teacher Electronic Supplement, 72(8), 1-16.
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