Educational Psychology (EDPY)
Examines free-choice (or informal) learning and the characteristics of settings and activities outside of formal schooling that effectively promote learning and development.
Introduction to current issues in educational psychology. Topics include, but are not limited to: learning and teaching, cognition, developmental theories, the brain, information processing, motivation, individual differences, and the social contexts of learning.
Overview of the contributions of the biological and social sciences to an understanding of the mental, emotional, social, and physical development from infancy through adulthood. Study of behavior problems.
Presentation of theories and principles of human development that are particularly relevant to teaching. Application of such theories and principles to learning situations suitable to various age and grade levels.
A review of the literature concerning adolescence; nine years through teens. Emphasis on application to the educational setting.
Designed to further understanding of the adult and his/her endeavors in the learning process. Emphasis will be on the major contributing factors (physiological, psychological, and sociological) that affect the adult, on the relevant research findings, and on implications for educators.
A study of the cognitive processes involved in complex learning, conceptualization, problem-solving, abstract reasoning, and other aspects of higher intellectual functioning as developed and used in the educational setting.
A systematic survey of major traditional and contemporary learning theories and principles relevant to the design and development of classroom teaching and instruction.
Analysis of concepts and methodological approaches to research in the Educational Psychology field. Focus on critical reading and evaluation of published literature across a broad spectrum of areas.
Issues in research on human development with applications to educational settings.
Advanced problems in educational psychology as they apply to the public schools at all levels. Designed to meet the needs of candidates for graduate degrees.