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PSYC 373
Critical Issues in Learning and Teaching Fall 2020
Division II

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In this seminar we will take a deep dive into several key topics in education. We will examine psychological research as well as a range of other materials (essays, film, recordings of children and personal experiences) to help answer a series of questions, including: Does the kind or quality of schooling have a measurable impact on children? How do you create curriculum? How does one conduct high quality classroom observations? What do good teachers have in common? What is the best way to help teachers get better at what they do? Can remote learning work well in K-12 settings?
The Class: Format: seminar; The course will be taught in a hybrid form (remotely for some and in person for others). Students will meet in small groups with the professor. Each group will meet for a tutorial-like session once a week. We will use students' papers as a jumping off point for our discussions.
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 2677
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Regular class attendance and full participation (whether remote or in-person), five 5-page papers, and regular written responses to other students' papers. We will also do a variety of in-class activities that may require some independent preparation (gathering materials, or doing brief interviews) and some coordination with one another outside of class time.
Prerequisites: PSYC 232 or PSYC 272 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Psychology majors and those involved in the Program in Teaching
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: PSYC Area 7 - Educational Psychology
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