{AGSC 384 Clinical Professional Experience in Agricultural Science}

College: Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department: Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications
Type: W
Status: Approved

We recommend that AGSC 384 Clinical Professional Experience in Agricultural Science be certified as a writing (W) course for four academic years (1/17 to 1/21). We have reviewed a representative syllabus and have determined that the course meets or exceeds the following criteria:
  1. Percentage of final grade based on writing quality: 70%
  2. Course content appropriate to the major
  3. Total number of words: 14,500
  4. Instructor to student ratio for one section: 1:25 
Since original certification, the course has not changed significantly. One graduate assistant helps with the course. Students write the following assignments related to teaching: (1) reflection of 1st class session journal entry; (2) classroom observation report & reflection; (3) educational profile; (4) professional profile; (5) reflection of 2nd class session journal entry (6) student personal & educational profile; (7) classroom management plan; (8) reflections on 3 teacher interviews; (9) reflection journal entries on 5 class sessions; and (10) reports & reflections on classroom observations. Formative feedback include peer editing of the reflections on class sessions, the five class session reflections, and the classroom observations; This helps students see the value of peer review, and they then seek out peer assistance on their own. More feedback on drafts is provided by the instructor and/or graduate assistant for the interview assignment, and students also receive written instructor feedback on an early observation assignment. Instruction includes readings that provide examples and class lessons that cover writing, proofreading, and revision; common errors are addressed with the whole class, and web resources and guest speakers such as University Writing Center Consultants are made available.

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