KIN 5995

The following are general guidelines for the completion of the M.Ed. culminating project, KIN 5995: Research Problems in Applied Kinesiology. This project should be completed near the end of your M.Ed. program as a culmination of your education and experience. You are asked to identify a problem or need in your area of professional practice in Kinesiology and come up with a project that addresses this problem or need to fulfill the requirements of KIN 5995. You should produce a final product that is useful to your professional practice.

There is flexibility in the type of culminating project you develop. Students are encouraged to undertake a project of practical importance to their educational and professional objectives. Some examples of previous projects include development of the following:

  • Handbook for college athletics department
  • Curriculum guide for school physical education
  • Youth sport parent survey
  • Parent or athlete handbooks
  • Athletic recruitment handbook for high school students
  • Teaching assistant course materials for university athletic training course
  • Season plan for coaching
  • Interviews with young, inner city girls regarding lack of sports participation
  • Proposal for adding a new sport to meet gender equity requirements
  • Action research project on motivational orientation for participation in physical education classes
  • DVD of sport biomechanics for use in K-12 physical education
  • Review of literature on selected topic
  • Summer camp youth sport guides
  • Producing an instructional videotape
  • Developing an internet site
  • Action research or small pilot studies

The project you outline should require approximately 135 clock hours (45hrs/semester credit X 3 credits) of effort on your part to complete

If you are working with human subjects, you MUST go through the Institutional Review Board (IRB): See www.research.umn.edu/subjects for more information.

Students interested in registering for RESEARCH PROBLEMS should:
  1. Have at least 15 credits of their M.Ed program completed.
  2. Develop an understanding for what the requirements and expectations are for the Research Problems course.
  3. Familiarize themselves with School of Kinesiology teaching faculty whose teaching and research interests line up with their long-term goals and Research Problems project idea.
  4. Contact and discuss your project ideas with an appropriate teaching faculty, at least one semester in advance.
  5. Complete the Research Problems Proposal Form [.pdf] and turn it into the teaching faculty who has agreed to supervise their Research Problems project. The student and the teaching faculty will need to sign the document and both should maintain copies of the agreement. The student and teaching faculty will need to be clear on the project plans, what will be submitted at the end of the project, number credits the project is worth, and the evaluation criteria for the course.
  6. Obtain a permission number from the teaching faculty for their specific section.
  7. Complete the work as agreed upon, turning in final paperwork prior to the first day of Finals Week. If work is not completed by this time, the student will receive an “F” unless a prior agreement has been recorded in writing with the instructor.