Review of human development with special emphasis on developmental domains and span of students beginning with the young child and continuing to high school; learning theories and learning styles with applications to individual student differences including gender, exceptionalities, culture; strong emphasis on educational research.
The purpose of this course is to understand children’s learning and development, including intellectual, social, and personal and how to apply this learning to create instructional opportunities for diverse learners.
Through course participation, the students will be able to:
- Identify the intelligences of learning according to Gardner;
- Analyze personal learning styles and the role they may play in teaching and learning;
- Recognize and utilize the developmental diversity of students including cognitive, social, emotional, moral, physical;
- Identify individual variations (which includes special needs) within each developmental domain;
- Compare and contrast developmental levels of students;
- Identify and interpret relevant research-based theories of learning and development;
- Apply knowledge of motivational theories and developmental shifts in motivation;
- Predict expected patterns of development (case studies);
- Analyze students at different levels of development (field experience component);
- Employ higher order thinking and critical analysis skills.
Bohlin, L., Durwin, C. C. & Reese-Weber, M. (2009). EdPsych: Modules. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. (ISBN 978-0-07-337850-3)