Curriculum Overview

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APA Educational Scholars Program:

Curriculum Overview

1. Scholarly approach Develop a systematic and scholarly approach to planning educational activities and programs that includes goal setting; development of learning objectives; learner needs assessment; development of evidence-based teaching methods; and rigorous, objective-based evaluation.
2. Reflective practice Reflect upon one's practice as an educator as a means of self-improvement and planning for continuing learning.
3. Peer feedback Participate with peers in the process of mutual review and constructive feedback.
4. Evaluation of practice Periodically evaluate one's educational activities for continuous quality improvement and documentation of one's work for summative evaluation.
5. Designing projects Design scholarly projects, using systematic planning and an evidence- based approach, that meet the standards of professional peer review.
6. Research & Evaluation Conduct educational research and evaluation using high quality quantitative or qualitative methods.
7. Use of technology Develop skills and strategies to use up-to-date technologies that will enhance one's effectiveness as an educator and a scholar.
8. Dissemination Effectively disseminate one's scholarly work to professional audiences via workshops, presentations and articles.
9. Educator Portfolio Develop a structured developmental educator portfolio to guide career planning and support promotion.
10. Peer review Perform criterion-based peer reviews of presentation abstracts and manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals.
11. Networking Create a professional network to enhance professional communication, growth, feedback, and advancement.
12. Mentoring Develop and sustain productive mentor-mentee relationships for mutual professional advancement.
13. National engagement Participate in national activities to engage with the greater community of educators.

Guiding Principles of the ESP

  1. Our focal theme of scholarship in education is interwoven through all curriculum and program activities.
  2. We apply the principles of adult learningin all interactions with scholars, encouraging self-direction, practical application of relevant life experiences, and career-related goal-orientation in ESP activities.
  3. Teaching sessions provide opportunities for scholars to interact with peers and practice new skills.
  4. Mentoring by educational experts is built into the program at several levels.
  5. All participants engage in projects that develop and evolve as they learn from the curriculum and provide practical experiences that embody the principles of scholarship.
  6. The collective wisdom of the peer group of Scholars is used as much as possible in the learning process (peer feedback, support and networking).
  7. The curriculum is invigorated by the creation of powerful professional networks for each participant.
  8. The curriculum is a dynamic, evolving learning program that is based on evaluation and feedback from participants and faculty. All participants are urged to contribute to the continuous improvement process.





Intersession Activities
Cohort 9


Educational Scholarship and Scholarly Projects

  • Introduction to the ESP
  • Educational  Scholarship
  • Developing and Refining a Scholarly  Project

Educational Scholarship

Scholar project tables with peers and national advisors

Refining your Scholarly Project

ESP Launch
Getting to know the ESP and the Portal; Developing your Scholarly Project

Reviewing and Referencing the Literature
(late summer-fall)

Educator Portfolio


Nuts and Bolts of Educational Research

  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Survey Design

Quantitative Methodologies

Scholar project tables with peers and national advisors

Survey Design

Qualitative Research Methods (late summer-fall)


Technology for Education
(~Jan –Feb)


Scholarly Dissemination

  • Workshops
  • Manuscripts

 Leadership and Networking

  • Networking
  • Becoming a Mentor

Preparing and Presenting a Workshop

Writing a Scholarly Article

Scholar project tables with peers and national advisors

Professional Networking and Collaboration

Author Development

Reviewing Manuscripts
(~Dec - Mar)

Mentored Projects: Self-directed/Experiential learning
Individual, mentored projects lie at the heart of the ESP curriculum. Progress is sustained by the Scholar's mentor, and monitored and supported by ESP faculty advisors. Scholars are encouraged to share their progress regularly, to encourage habits of frequent peer review. Progress discussions within Scholar Project Teams take place yearly at the ESP sessions at PAS, and are included in some of the Intersession Modules.

For Scholars to receive their Certificate of Excellence in Educational Scholarship, a scholarly product from their project must successfully pass a formal peer review process for presentation at a national meeting (platform talk, poster, or workshop) or publication in a journal or on MedEdPORTAL.

Workshop Reviews at PAS A list of recommended workshops is provided for each PAS meeting. Year 1 Scholars are required to review two workshops at the PAS meeting using quantitative and qualitative rating forms. This activity encourages critical thinking and helps scholars learn the process of peer evaluation, as well as reinforcing their learning about making good presentations themselves.

ESP Portal ESP schedules, resources, and learning assignments are posted on the ESP Portal, an online Moodle-based platform. Scholars upload all their assignments here and can track their progress over time. Program instructors can view the work of all scholars to monitor their work and provide feedback.




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