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Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching (ILT)
Course Descriptions

ILT 6951,3  Independent Study
1 or 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Approval of the instructor and the Graduate Advisor of Record.
Independent reading, research, discussion and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. For students needing specialized work not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to the degree.

ILT 6961  Comprehensive Examination
1 hour credit. Prerequisite: Approval of the appropriate Graduate Program Committee to take the Comprehensive Examination.
Independent study course for the purpose of taking the Comprehensive Examination. May be repeated as many times as approved by the Graduate Program Committee. Enrollment is required each term in which the Comprehensive Examination is taken if no other courses are being taken that term. The grade report for the course is either “CR” (satisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination) or “NC” (unsatisfactory performance on the Comprehensive Examination).

ILT 7003  Exploration of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
This course introduces students to the history and theoretical underpinnings of interdisciplinarity and Interdisciplinary Studies in Education. Students will survey the various research areas within the field of Interdisciplinary Studies. Through group and individual examination of interdisciplinary issues, topics and problems, students will engage in scholarly literature study and research practice. Each student will select a topic of study that will be a personal research theme.

ILT 7013  Overview of Research Design for Instructional Inquiry
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Research methods or statistics course.
Overview of research design for quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods studies in Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching. The emphasis of this course includes the situatedness of interdisciplinary research and the design of a research study positioned within an appropriate theoretical frame.

ILT 7023  Doctoral Seminar in Literacy
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
An organized course in the examination of critical issues in literacy. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ILT 7133  Socio-constructivist and Cognitivist Perspectives on Interdisciplinary Learning & Teaching
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
This course focuses on the historical roots, theories, and the theorists of socio-constructivist, sociocultural and cognitivist philosophy and its impact on teaching and learning. (Formerly titled “Perspectives and Approaches to Interdisciplinary Learning & Teaching.”)

ILT 7143  Internship (Research and/or Teaching)
3 hours credit.
Students, with their advisor’s recommendation, will complete an internship in which they collaborate and apprentice with departmental and college faculty on current research projects and teaching opportunities. May be repeated for credit.

ILT 7153  Critical Cultural Perspectives on Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
This course focuses on the historical roots, theories, and theories of critical, cultural and postmodernist philosophy and its impact on teaching and learning. (Formerly titled “Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in Sociocultural Contexts.”)

ILT 7203  Applications of Qualitative Interdisciplinary Research Methods
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
This course provides multiple opportunities to deepen understanding of qualitative research methods such as grounded theory, phenomenological study, case study, and content analysis (discourse, critical and document analysis) in Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching. The course examines various design elements of qualitative research including sampling, data collection and data analysis from various theoretical frameworks. Specific attention will focus on the development of observation, interview skills, focus groups, and recording of data as well as the political and ethical issues in qualitative research.

ILT 7213  Quantitative Analysis and Research Design in Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
This course examines the design decisions researchers make when conducting experimental, quasi-experimental, and correctional studies in learning and teaching settings. Topics include: design considerations in interdisciplinary educational research, ensuring the validity of causal inferences, calculating and graphically depicting descriptive statistics, the conceptual basis of inferential statistics and hypothesis testing, analytical approaches for comparing data across groups, and introduction to multiple regression analysis. Students practice interpreting and reporting statistical findings in academic writing.

ILT 7303  Oral and Written Discourse Analysis
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
This course examines qualitative and quantitative methods for analysis of oral and written discourse. Students will review authentic samples of disclosure including family communications, teacher-student and peer interaction, other institutional or community, workplace, and everyday discourse with the goal of understanding life-long learning. (Formerly C&I 6823. Credit cannot be earned for both C&I 6823 and ILT 7303.)

ILT 7633  Multiple Behavioral and Contextual Perspectives on Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
This course focuses on the historical roots, theories, and theories of behavior analysis and functional contextualism and their impact on teaching and learning. (Formerly titled “Multiple Perspectives on Learning and Teaching.”)

ILT 7733  Evaluation of Research
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: ILT 7013, ILT 7203 or a qualitative course, and ILT 7213 or a quantitative course.
This course offers students multiple opportunities to deeply reflect on, explore and analyze common practices in educational research. Students will take a critical look at strengths and weaknesses across the entire spectrum of research paradigms, including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed models. Students will evaluate which research methodologies will best be suited to finding answers to different kinds of research questions around current issues in education.

ILT 7743 Mixed Methods Analysis and Application
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Course focuses on conceptualization of mixed methods, developing a mixed method design, and conducting data analysis and inferences using mixed methods. Takes into account historical and epistemological antecedents leading to the development of mixed method research. Includes an examination of mixed method studies pertinent to the field of interdisciplinary learning and teaching. Requires design of mixed method proposal using the most appropriate mixed methods design, framing of qualitative questions and quantitative hypotheses, and planning the collection and analysis of data.

ILT 7891,3 Doctoral Research Seminar in Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching
(1-0, 3-0) 1 or 3 hours credit.
This seminar is designed as a general seminar for all ILT doctoral students. Accordingly, the seminar does not focus on a specific content area but instead is designed to provide students with an overview of the requirements for completing a doctoral dissertation and a forum for discussing dissertation-related concerns and issues with other students. Topics may include: the development of the conceptual and research skills necessary for the completion of the doctoral dissertation, the formulation of the dissertation proposal (selection of an area and topic, formulation of appropriate research questions/hypotheses, rationales etc.), the development of the skills necessary for identifying and critically evaluating published research relevant to the chosen dissertation topic, and ethical issues in the conduct of research. May be repeated for credit.

ILT 7951,3  Independent Study
1 or 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Doctoral standing and permission in writing (form available) of the instructor and the student’s faculty advisor.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. For students needing specialized work not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to the Doctoral degree.

ILT 7973  Special Topics Seminar
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
An organized special topics seminar offering the opportunity for in-depth study on topics of interest and cutting-edge research. Special Topics Seminar courses may be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to the Doctoral degree.

ILT 7981,3,6  Doctoral Dissertation
1, 3 or 6 hours credit. Prerequisites: Admission to candidacy and consent of student’s faculty advisor.
May be repeated for credit, but not more than 9 hours may be applied toward the Doctoral degree. Credit will be awarded upon completion of the dissertation.

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