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Susan B. Nolen
Seattle Campus

Seminar in Educational Psychology

Advanced seminar on selected topics in educational psychology. A critical appraisal of current research. Prerequisite: advanced degree work in educational psychology. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

This is an advanced seminar for students with a background in motivation or sociocultural theory. We will investigate connections among identity, motivation, and engagement, largely from sociocultural/situative perspectives. I will set readings for the first couple of meetings, then the seminar will make decisions about the directions we will take in our work together.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Seminar: reading and discussion.

Recommended preparation

At least one course in either motivation (e.g., EDPSY 528) or sociocultural theory (or a course that emphasizes sociocultural theory). This course is especially appropriate for students whose own research or research plans involve motivation or identity issues.

Class assignments and grading

This is a variable credit course, with different responsibilities for each level of credit: 1 credit = read, attend, discuss actively 2 credits = sames as 1 credit plus lead one session 3 credits = same as 1 credit plus a written product to be negotiated with the instructor


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 Susan B. Nolen
Date: 11/08/2012