PSYC190 Educational Psychology
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Psychology
Course Number and TitlePSYC190 Educational Psychology
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250
PrerequisitesPSYC110 (C or better)
Other Pertinent InformationField experience required.
Catalog Course DescriptionThis course surveys the nature of the learning process and application of the principles of psychology to the problems of learning and teaching. Individual differences, special problems of learning, and evaluation techniques are among the topics covered. Field experiences are provided to acquaint students with an authentic teaching-learning environment.
Required Course Content and Direction
- Course Students will:
- apply theories of learning and development to classroom environments;
- describe theories of motivation and apply them to the motivation of students; and
- use descriptive research methods to describe children and classrooms.
- Core (if applicable) Category III
- use methods, concepts and theories in new situations (Application Skills).
- identify prejudice, stereotypes, and misuses of power that affect the lives of women and/or minorities in areas such as education, business, politics, religion, or industry.
Critical Thinking/Problem SolvingStudents will:
International, Gender, and/or Minority PerspectivesStudents will:
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:The following topics are presented:
- teachers, teaching and educational psychology
- cognitive, personal, social, emotional and language development
- behavioral, cognitive, social, social cognitive and constructivist views of learning
- motivation, teaching and learning
- culture and community
- learner differences
- creating learning environments
- teaching for learning
- standardized testing
- classroom assessment and grading
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
- Course Exams, quizzes, classroom exercises, class or online participation, and/or projects as specified in the individual instructor's course format will be utilized.
- Core (if applicable) Critical Thinking: A written assessment in which students will be able to identify and apply theories of learning and motivation to classroom situations. A minimum of five examinations will be administered.
International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives: A written assessment that describes techniques/teaching strategies to reduce prejudice, stereotypes and bullying in the schools.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:Students use educational resources as specified in the individual instructor's format.
Teaching Methods EmployedSection VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.
Review/Approval Date - 12/98; Core Goals/Objectives added 5/03; Revised 4/2010