Welcome to "Psychology In (your) Education". This seminar class is designed to meet several goals:
- Introduce students to basic theories of how humans learn and the psychological principles that underlie these theories.
- reflection on students’ experiences in their previous thirteen years of education.
- Encourage the development of a personalized set of “best learning practices” drawn from past experience and class readings and discussions, that will be applicable for the duration of the students’ post-secondary education.
This course will explore how we learn, and what psychology has to offer in terms of helping us learn and retain more knowledge, most efficiently. We’ll cover some basic principles from cognitive and developmental psychology to ground our discussions. Students will be asked to critically examine their own past educational experiences and current beliefs about topics including: motivation, the purpose of education, the value and power of GPA and standardized testing. A successful student will complete the class with a broad and improved understanding of how people best learn in general, and how THEY best learn in particular.
Evaluations will be based primarily on attendance/participation (at least 50% of grade), and a summative assessment chosen by the student (e.g.,. final paper, final exam, group project, at least 30% of grade). Numerous smaller evaluation activities will be scattered throughout the course based on student feedback.
Readings will be provided by the instructor via CTools. There are no direct textbook costs.
Freshmen students considering majoring in Psychology, particularly those with interest in Educational Psychology
Class sessions will include mini-lectures, discussion, small group activities and individual projects.