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Deborah Elaine Mccutchen
EDPSY 520
Seattle Campus

Psychology of Reading

Reviews current empirical research on cognitive processes in reading, including word and sub-word processes, syntax and comprehension, reading and perception, word recognition, concept development, and meaning in reading, psychology of reading interests, and skills. Prerequisite: EDPSY 501 or equivalent. Credit/no-credit only.

Class description

Students can expect to learn current views on the development of reading skills in children, the nature of skilled adult reading, and possible sources of reading disability.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Traditional seminar format: students are expected to come to class having read the assigned readings and to be prepared to discuss them critically.

Recommended preparation

Students should have a foundational knowledge of cognitive psychology (e.g., the nature of human the nature of human memory, attention, etc.)

Class assignments and grading

Generally students read 2-4 published articles or chapters per class meeting. Two written papers are assigned: a short (3-5 pages) midterm paper and a longer (15-20 pages) final paper.

Credit is determined primarily by the two written papers, although class discussion is also considered.


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 Jennifer L. Davis
Date: 10/08/1998