PSYCH 457 - Current Topics in Developmental Psychology
Winter 2017, Section 002 - Research Methods in Education and Cross-cultural Contexts
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Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
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Requirements & Distribution:
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Enforced Prerequisites:
One of the following: PSYCH 111, 112, 114, or 115.
Advisory Prerequisites:
PSYCH 250.
May be elected twice for credit.
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Schooling practices provide a key window into what societies value, as well as into the experiences that shape the next generation of adults. This course will mix instruction on research methods for studying educational settings with hands-on experience conducting research in schools. Students will complete two projects, one using data from large-scale international studies of educational achievement and classroom practices (TIMSS & PISA), and the other a study conducted in a school setting.

The second study will be a cross-cultural one, conducted in collaboration with small groups of students taking a similar course at Beijing Normal University. Students will collaborate with their counterpart group to collect data bearing on educational issues of interest in each country.

This course is part of the UM Global Course Connections (GCC) program, which will optionally provide students with the opportunity to go to Beijing in May and work with their counterpart students to compare results of the studies done in both settings. Students who go on the GCC trip will also have the opportunity to visit Chinese educational settings and work on a service project in schools that serve a migrant population, as well as visiting a variety of Chinese cultural settings in and around Beijing. We will also take a group trip to another Chinese city as part of the experience.

No previous language or culture experience with China is required, nor is participation in the trip. Grades will be based on a mixture of individual papers, a midterm test on research methods, and contribution to the group projects.


PSYCH 457 - Current Topics in Developmental Psychology
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (SEM)
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Th 1:00PM - 4:00PM

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