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Research Methods in Cognitive Development and Education

PSYC 206
Fall 2010
Section: 01  
Course Cluster: Service-Learning

This course introduces students to translational research in psychology: research that draws on psychological science to inform practice. The course is built around a central case study, the acquisition of numerical concepts in deaf children. We will cover existing research on cognitive and language development, deaf education, and teaching strategies as a means to learn about research methods and practices in these areas.

The service-learning component of the course, in which students will spend two hours per week in a preschool, provides a hands-on opportunity to interact with preschool children and learn firsthand about their learning environment and styles. Although the service-learning component will generally entail work in hearing preschools, opportunities will be available for observation and volunteering in schools for deaf children.

This year (2010-11), students will complete a final project of creating a single mathematics activity for a deaf preschool, drawing on research and on models of curricular design. (In subsequent years, students will pilot test and refine these activities at an actual school.)

Essential Capabilities: Designing, Creating, and Realizing, Logical Reasoning
Designing: Students will design materials for a single mathematics activity that draws on research on cognition and language and on models of deaf education and curriculum development.
Logical Reasoning: Student will read and critique primary source research articles and learn basic tenets of experimental logic.
Credit: 1.25 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS PSYC
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: PSYC101 OR PSYC105 OR PSYC110
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (EDST-MN)(PSYC)(SISP)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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