4 credits. Student option grading (no audit).
Educational psychology is the application of psychological principles and concepts to cases of teaching and learning. We study behavioral, cognitive, embodied, and social-cultural perspectives on learning and thinking, and we use them in planning and reflecting on weekly fieldwork outside the classroom. In the process, we become more mindful and skilled learners ourselves and better facilitators of others’ learning.
Be able to analyze and improve instructional materials and methods in terms of their … Appropriateness for a given learning goal Demands on memory Demands on attention Demands on their ability to process the language of instruction Assumptions about the level of intellectual abstraction that learners are capable of Potential to activate learner motivation
Be more efficient and effective at reading, summarizing, and asking critical questions about peer-reviewed original research in educational psychology
Be more comfortable and skilled at facilitating learning for another person (through questioning, listening, and observing learners at work)