Research Methods in Cognitive Development and Education|
|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.)
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.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: PSYC101 OR PSYC105 OR PSYC110
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (EDST-MN)(PSYC)(SISP)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Primary source articles and book chapters on cognitive development and education by authors such as (numerical cognition & development) Dehaene, Carey, Siegler, (deaf cognition) Marschark, (deaf development & education) Nunes, (research-based curriculum design in mathematics) Case, Griffiths, (principles of curriculum design) Bruner.
Cozby, P. (2009). Methods in Behavioral Research, Tenth Edition. McGraw Hill.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Ten short assignments and/or quizzes; Final project to design an empirically-motivated math activity for deaf preschoolers.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Only one course can be taken as non-graded towards the psychology major.
|Instructor(s): Shusterman,Anna Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: JUDDB6; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 0||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 1||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: 10||FR: X|