PSYC 334(S) The Psychology of Education

This course draws on research and theories from the fields of developmental, social, and educational psychology to examine the interrelated processes of teaching and learning. We consider how children learn in several different contexts (at home with parents, in classrooms, with peers). We examine a variety of educational practices as well as exploring the child's experience of being in school. We identify factors that influence educational outcome, such as economic status and educational practices, look at differences among children and between cultures, and discuss seminal philosophies of education such as those of Rousseau, Dewy, and Bruner. Requirements: regular reading assignments, participation in class discussions, two short papers, and a final paper to be presented in class. Prerequisite: Psychology 232 or permission of the instructor.