Welcome to Educational Psychology

Welcome to Educational Psychology

This course examines principles and practices of psychology applied to effective teaching and learning. Theories of child development will be introduced along with implications for classroom practice. A strong emphasis is placed on diversity, its effect on student learning, and ways to help all students successfully learn and achieve. This course explores how students learn, including research on brain function, theories of learning and motivation, and ways to meet diverse learner needs. It also presents approaches for effective classroom management, guiding students’ behavior, and planning instruction and assessment.

Learning Objectives/

  1. 1.1 Analyze principles and practices of educational psychology.
  2. 1.2 Apply educational psychology to classroom practice.
  3. 1.3 Analyze factors in effective teaching.
  1. 2.1 Explain theories of cognitive development.
  2. 2.2 Explain stages of language and literacy development.
  3. 2.3 Explain how theories of cognitive development support teaching and learning.
  1. 3.1 Explain theories of social-emotional development.
  2. 3.2 Explain theories of moral development.
  3. 3.3 Explain how theories of social-emotional and moral development support teaching and learning.
  1. 4.1 Describe ways students are diverse.
  2. 4.2 Explain how diversity affects teaching and learning.
  3. 4.3 Describe strategies to support diverse students.
  1. 5.1 Describe how the brain works.
  2. 5.2 Explain cognitive theories of learning.
  3. 5.3 Explain behavioral and social theories of learning.
  1. 6.1 Analyze theories of differences in how students learn.
  2. 6.2 Analyze practices to support learners with exceptionalities.
  3. 6.3 Apply strategies and practices to support all learners.
  1. 7.1 Explain theories of motivation.
  2. 7.2 Describe factors that affect motivation.
  3. 7.3 Apply strategies of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.
  1. 8.1 Explain principles of an effective learning environment.
  2. 8.2 Analyze effective practice for classroom management.
  3. 8.3 Apply strategies for managing student misbehavior.
  1. 9.1 Explain steps in lesson planning.
  2. 9.2 Analyze types and purposes of instruction.
  3. 9.3 Analyze forms and purposes of assessment.
  1. 10.1 Analyze approaches to instruction and learning.
  2. 10.2 Explain effective strategies for teaching and learning.
  3. 10.3 Describe the role of professional development and reflection in teaching effectiveness.

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