Human learning in the educational setting. Cognition, development, learning, motivation, affective processes, and socialization. Emphasis on skills in influencing classroom learning and discipline. Offered: A.
During spring quarter 2013, you will meet with the instructor for lecture on Thursdays (11:30am) and section on Tuesdays (either 11:30am or 2pm), and you will meet with your small group (and mentor) on Sundays, Mondays, or Tuesday mornings.
This course investigates human learning in formal and informal settings. It focuses on learning theories (behaviorism, cognitive theory, and sociocultural theory), utilizing them as lenses to view learning, development, (dis)ability, intelligence, motivation, and assessment.
Student learning goals
You will understand essential concepts about educational psychology: how, why and how we can tell whether students learn.
You will use an understanding of educational psychology to better define learning and understand your own learning.
You will be able to articulate your own beliefs about learning (in relation to educational psychology concepts) and ways in which these beliefs affect your life.
General method of instruction
This is not a lecture-based course. The "lecture" class consists of individual reflections (writing), small group discussions, and whole class debriefs - designed to expose how you are currently thinking about topics in educational psychology. In the "quiz section" class, you will spend the whole quarter with the same group (of 4 or 5), digging deeper into the meaning of course ideas through discussions and the construction of material representations. You will also meet with this group outside of class once per week for approximately 1 hour.
Come to class prepared to challenge your own conceptions of what it means to learn and willing to discuss your ideas in small and large groups.
Class assignments and grading
Most assignments in this course are reflections on your own beliefs and learning. Many of them are also designed to check whether or not you are understanding concepts accurately.