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Virginia Wise Berninger
EDPSY 471
Seattle Campus

Educational Neuropsychology

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.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

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.


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 Kent W. Jewell
Date: 07/26/2011