PSYC 372(F) Advanced Seminar in Teaching and Learning

This advanced seminar will give students an opportunity to connect theory to practice. Each student will have a teaching placement in a local school, and participate in both peer and individual supervision. In addition, we will read a range of texts that examine different approaches to teaching, as well as theory and research on the process of education. What is the best way to teach? How do various theories of children and pedagogy translate into everyday practices with students? Students will be encouraged to reflect and modify their own teaching practices as a result of what we read as well as their supervision. Questions we will discuss include: What is the relationship between educational goals and curriculum development? What is the relation between substance (knowledge, skills, content) and the interpersonal dynamic inherent in a classroom setting? How do we assess teaching practices, and the students' learning? What does it take to be an educated person? Format: seminar. Requirements: This course involves a field placement, weekly readings, as well as seminar discussion, supervision, 2 5-page papers and a 20-page final paper. Prerequisites: Psychology 232 or Psychology 272 or permission of instructor. Enrollment limit: 19 (expected: 15). Preference given to Psychology majors and those who plan to become teachers.