EPSY 29525 Educational Psychology

Course Name: EPSY 29525 Educational Psychology

Description: The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of psychological theories and research applied to the study of development, learning, motivation, instruction, assessment and other issues that influence the interaction of teaching and learning. We will cover the major domains of development -biological, cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and moral putting emphasis on discovering the many different biological and experiential factors that influence behavior, as well as the roles familial and extra familial factors play in the course of early human development. The course will include practical exercises where students will be expected to conduct observations of children in an educational setting and/or on video, and plan appropriate methods to collect data, with the opportunity to explore the differences between their own culture and Italian culture. By the end of the course it is expected that students will be able to identify the theoretical origins of any given educational method, to think critically about the pros and cons of a given educational approach, and to explain the relevance of psychological research findings for educational methods.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

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