EPSY 602: Educational Psychology.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing.
- Cognitive analysis of academic skills and tests;
- Current cognitive views of learning, memory, problem solving, and development of skill and expertise;
- Effects of aptitude, motivation, and task environment on academic performance; and
- Implications for assessment and instruction.
This course provides an in-depth look at current theory and research in cognitive psychology as it relates to instruction. A large theoretical base and its application will be reviewed and explored. Specifically, we will:
- overview the development of the cognitive information-processing approach and some of its major theoretical constructs,
- outline a cognitive-instructional approach that guides the application of theory,
- present examples of how cognitive principles and techniques can be applied to the interpretation of students' performance on academic tasks and standardized measures of ability and achievement, and
- explore, briefly, alternative approaches to assessment and information gathering that are more consistent with a cognitive analysis of performance.
Each week there will be an electronic presentation of notes, illustrations, and data collection activities on the topic under consideration. These notes will be available to students through the TOPICS section of the website. Additionally, students will be given a set of questions covering the respective chapters in the Gagné text and handouts. These questions are to help students organize reading material and to structure class discussions. Thus, to participate in class discussions, it will be helpful for students to outline each of the chapters and/or to prepare answers to questions prior to class.