PY 307 - Educational Psychology
Educational Psychology is the academic discipline that examines learning, development, self-regulation, and motivation. Educators use their knowledge of learners and learning as they teach in classrooms or provide other child-focused services. Throughout the course, we will examine principles of learning theory in educational settings, the nature of teaching, and consider what is involved in being an effective educator. With the focus on applying the principles of educational psychology and research on learning, the goal will be for the teaching and non-teaching student taking this course to recognize, plan, and present effective instruction. This will be accomplished by using a variety of approaches: discussions, classroom and personal examples, case studies, and reflection.
Prerequisites & Notes
Assignments: 4 Units
Interactivity: Discussion Board
Final Assessment: Final Project
Course Learning Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to illustrate, in writing, an understanding and application of content as it applies to the following:
- Acquire practical knowledge related to developmental theories and research of educational psychology.
- Distinguish how diverse developmental, cognitive, and behavioral theories can be applied within the classroom.
- Integrate the principles of educational psychology by recognizing diverse learning styles and planning instructional approaches for effective learning environments.
- Explain and provide examples of how learner motivation and self-regulation can be increased and the impact of that in the classroom.
- Recognize the advantages and disadvantages of educational measurement and evaluation in relation to teaching and learning.
- Reflect on and synthesize educational theory and current research in the field in order to support educational perspectives and instructional practices.
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