Virginia Wise Berninger
Covers brain systems underlying normal development and academic learning: sensory and motor, language, cognitive, social emotional, and executive-functions for self-regulation alone and interaction with the physical and social worlds in and out of school. Recommended: prior course on learning.
Students can expect introduction to brain development, structure, and function and the application of this knowledge to issues in normal human development from infancy to young adult years and education during the preschool and school age years and postsecondary education.
Student learning goals
Objectives outlined on syllabus posted on instructor's website.
General method of instruction
Required readings prior to class including DVD ROM of illustrated brain and brain principles. Hands-on activities to illustrate general principles about human brain and development and education (learning and teaching). Instructor lecture with illustrated handouts. Small group discussions and written reflections. Strategies for note taking by pen. Paper and pen click-it to check learning through listening, speaking, reading, and writing in each class with feedback by the next class and opportunity to pose questions for instructor clarification and student or class reflection. Strategies for reading journal articles. Word processed reviews of brain imaging articles. Creating lesson plans about brain.
Reading assignments on syllabus prior to class. Completion of each assignment on the syllabus by due date.
Class assignments and grading
Written tests that include questions in multiple formats. Participating in small group discussions and completing written reflections. Creating lesson plans on brain related to student's professional goals. Reading brain imaging articles and writing reviews.
Quizzes. Writing assignments.