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  • Scholar-Practitioner Model
    As mentioned in this week’s introduction, you will experience the scholar-practitioner model in action. Capella uses this model as the foundation for our educational philosophy. According to Capella University’s Scholar-Practitioner Educational Philosophy white paper, “The scholar-practitioner philosophy encompasses the activities of both learners and faculty. Learners and faculty are located on a continuum of learning experience that demonstrates their development and growth as reflective practitioners (bachelor’s), practitioner-scholars (master’s), and scholar-practitioners (doctoral)” (Capella University, 2003). As a master’s learner, you will work toward becoming a practitioner-scholar. This learning model will guide your professional development, encouraging you to investigate and critically evaluate relevant theory and research to determine effective best practices that you will use on the job. It will help you establish a lifelong commitment to continually building relevant knowledge and skill in your areas of interest and specialization in psychology.
    To familiarize yourself with this model, read the following:

    • McClintock, C. (2004). Scholar practitioner model. In A. DiStefano, K. E. Rudestam, & R. J. Silverman (Eds.), Encyclopedia of distributed learning (pp. 394–397). Sage.
      • This laid the theoretical foundation for Capella’s learning model.
    • Capella’s Learning Model Quick Reference and Examples [PDF], which provides an overview of Capella University’s expectations for learners at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels.
    • PRACTITIONER-SCHOLAR IN ACTION
      To prepare for the discussion this week and future assignments as a master’s learner, refine and expand your vision of a career in psychology in light of the practitioner-scholar model.
    • Consider how this learning model can guide your professional development, encouraging you to investigate and critically evaluate relevant theory and research to determine effective best practices that you will use on the job.
    • Think about how it will help you establish a lifelong commitment to continually building relevant knowledge and skill in your areas of interest and specialization in psychology.
    • The discussion this week provides the opportunity for you to probe the implications of the model for your program, your career, and your plan for how you will realize your goals.
    • Reference
      Capella University. (2003). Capella University’s scholar-practitioner educational philosophy [White paper].
       
  • Write Your Discussion Post
    Exploring Your Role as a Capella Practitioner-Scholar
    What did you learn about this week that grabbed your attention or caused you to think more deeply about it? As stated in this week’s introduction, connecting scholarship and practice is critical for professionals in psychology. In one of the studies, you examined both the scholar-practitioner model, as presented in the McClintock article, and Capella’s learning model, which is based on the ideas in the McClintock article. In Capella’s learning model, the master’s level degree program is described as practitioner-scholar, to distinguish it from the doctoral degree program, which is described as scholar-practitioner.
    For this discussion, create a post using a minimum of 50 words and discuss the practitioner-scholar model. Your goal is to enthusiastically share something you’ve learned with your peers, apply it to real life, and make your pin informative, concise, and engaging to your readers. Be creative!

    • Share what interested you about the role of the practitioner-scholar in the field of psychology.
    • Share how the practitioner-scholar model impacts you personally, professionally, or in relevant current events.
    • Share how you might be able to apply the practitioner-scholar model in your life, personally or professionally.
    • You may also create a slide show or use audio or video as your discussion post.
    • Label your post with a hashtag (e.g., #Week3) so that others can sort posts by the week’s topic.
    • Do not create your post as a reply to this pinned post. Instead, use Yellowdig’s Create option to create a new post.
    • Response Guidelines
      Using a minimum of 30 words, respond to one or more posts posted by your fellow learners:
    • What were your opinions of the concepts your classmates discussed?
    • Did your classmates understand the concept the same way you did?
    • Can you think of an example of how these concepts could explain things you have observed or experienced?