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Course Descriptions

Activating Your Students’ Enthusiasm for Learning

EDUC 600

Student engagement in school is on the downswing.  More and more students say that they only “pretend school.” Educators need to encourage students to claim ownership of the time they spend in and related to school in order to improve P-12 student achievement.

This 3-credit continuing education graduate course begins by reviewing the theoretical base and underlying principles and concepts followed by helping participants understand that intrinsic motivation can help educators activate the desire to learn in their students.  In this course, educators will explore the components of authentic classrooms and the elements of internal control psychology. Participants will develop strategies to engage

P-12 students in meaningful pursuits to help them connect to learning and improve student achievement. Course methodology will include a review of relevant research, lectures and presentations by current experts in the field, group interaction, and personal reflection. Lots of materials, activities, strategies and ideas dealing with student achievement will be shared, analyzed and evaluated to the end that these efforts will provide their students with many instructional and assessment tools for improving their academic achievement levels.

Goals and Objectives:

As result of taking this course, participants should know and understand:

  1. The theoretical base and underlying principles and concepts of the course content.
  2. The need for students to have ownership of learning;
  3. The components of authentic schools and classrooms;
  4. The power of intrinsic motivation;
  5. The challenges of moving from external to internal motivation;
  6. The essential elements of internal control psychology;
  7. The importance of positive relationships;
  8. The components of a needs-satisfying learning environment.
  9. The need to know how to help students achieve at higher achievement levels.

Required Text:

Sullo, Bob. (2007).  Activating the Desire to Learn. Alexandria, VA, ASCD