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Kendall Becherer
EDPSY 304
Seattle Campus

Learning and Teaching in our Changing World: Insights from Experience and Research

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.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Kendall Becherer
Date: 03/27/2013