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COURSE TITLE: Educational Learning Theories and Applications
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Darlene Eerkes
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Lectures and discussions focus on learning in the classroom situation: the processes by which students learn and the factors that facilitat/inhibit learning. Specifically examined are learning theories, motivational theoris, cognitive styles, discipline practices and assessment approaches.

This course is open only to students in the B.Ed. (AD) programs. Students with credit in PSYC 361 cannot receive credit in EDUC 301.
REQUIRED TEXTS: Woolfolk, A.E., Winne, P.H. & Perry, N.E. (2013). Educational Psychology (Sixth Canadian Edition). Toronto: Pearson Education Canada.
Attendance/participation in small/large group discussions: prepared & contributing.10%
Attendance at a Restorative Practice Workshop10%
Weekly readings20%
Video reflection assignment10%
Each student will choose/create, in consultation with the instructor, an individual assignment/assessment plan with detailed assignments (~2-5) including: description, weight (percentage) and due date. It is encouraged that at least one of these individual assignments will be presented in class according to a schedule determined withthe chapter topic. 50%

  • Appreciate the mystery inherent in the development of human beings and celebrate an orderly Creation without having to label, understand or categorize all things into human systems.
  • Gain understanding of core principles and theories of educational psychology including the areas of student development (i.e., physical, cognitive, language, social, emotional, and moral), student diversity (i.e., abilities, culture and community), learning and teaching;
  • Explore the dynamics between the interdependent nature of faith/personal beliefs and educational psychology that connects all aspects of schooling: views of the student, the teaching and learning process, desirable teacher and student characteristics and the creation of a positive classroom setting.
  • Develop the ability to reflect on the learner, the learning environment, the teaching-learning process, and the interaction among them, in order to create meaningful student learning.
  • Lesson 1 Learning, Teaching, and Educational Psychology (Chapter 1, pp. 1-21)
  • Lesson 2 Cognitive Development  (Chapter 2a, pp. 22-49)
  • Lesson 3 Cognitive Development (Chapter 2b, pp. 49-62)
  • Lesson 4 Self, Social, Moral Development (Chapter 3a, pp. 63-81)
  • Lesson 5 Self, Social, Moral Development (Chapter 3b, pp. 82-105)
  • Lesson 6 Learner Differences - Video to view on your own (NO readings, NO class) 
  • Lesson 7 Learner Differences and Learning Needs (Chapter 4 selected sections)  Chapter 4 pp. 107-110; 151-153; information in all Tables 4.1 – 4.10 in this chapter. 
  • Lesson 8 Culture and Diversity (Chapter 6a, pp. 189-212)
  • Lesson 9 Culture and Diversity (Chapter 6b, pp. 212-223) and Cognitive Views of Learning (Ch. 8a, pp. 258-273)
  • Lesson 10 Cognitive Views of Learning (Ch. 8b, pp. 273-291)
  • Lesson 11 Behavioural Views of Learning (Chapter 7a, pp. 225-251)
  • Lesson 12 Behavioural Views of Learning (Chapter 7b, pp. 251-257) and Creating Learning Environments (Chapter 13b, pp. 455-462)
  • Lesson 13 Creating Learning Environments (Chapter 13c, pp. 462-472) and Expert group readings (assigned before class) and Restorative Practises articles (to be provided)
  • Friday, October 28 - Restorative Practices workshop (8:30 – 3:30, all day) 
  • Lesson 14 Complex Cognitive Processes (Chapter 9, pp. 291-304; 323-327) and Expert group readings (assigned before class) 
  • Lesson 15 The Learning Sciences and Constructivism (Chapter 10a, pp. 328-339b;  354- 356a) and Expert group readings (assigned before class)
  • Lesson 16 The Learning Sciences and Constructivism (Chapter 10b, pp. 345-366)
  • Lesson 17 Social Cognitive Views of Learning and Motivation (Chapter 11a, pp. 367-380)
  • Lesson 18 Social Cognitive Views of Learning and Motivation (Chapter 11b, pp. 380-397)
  • Lesson 19 Motivation in Learning and Teaching (Chapter 12a, pp. 398-417)
  • Lesson 20 Motivation in Learning and Teaching (Chapter 12b, pp. 417-436)
  • Lesson 21 Creating Learning Environments (Chapter 13a, pp. 437-455)
  • Lesson 22 Teaching Every Student (Chapter 14a, pp. 473-488)
  • Lesson 23 Teaching Every Student (Chapter 14b, pp. 489-508)
  • Lesson 24 TBD ??? Possibly a class to wrap things up, if we do not get done on Nov. 30.

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