COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
VALDOSTA STATE UNIVERSITY
DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY, COUNSELING & GUIDANCE
PSYC 3110: EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
William G. (Bill) Huitt, Ph.D.
Office Hours: By Appointment
Office: Psychology Building (next to Continuing Education Center on Patterson)
Phone: 229-333-5613 (O); Yahoo Messenger ID: billhuitt
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Educational Psychology is a course designed to introduce psychological principles, theories, and methodologies to issues of teaching and learning in schools. It is an elective psychology course and required in the core sequence for some BS degrees in Education.
NOTE: Students must have completed PSYC 2500 (Fundamentals of Psychology) or its equivalent.
College of Education Conceptual Framework: Guiding Principles
The following are adapted from the Georgia Systemic Teacher Education Program Accomplished Teacher Framework
Dispositions Principle: Productive dispositions positively affect learners, professional growth, and the learning environment.
Equity Principle: All learners deserve high expectations and support.
Process Principle: Learning is a life-long process of development and growth.
Ownership Principle: Professionals are committed to, and assume responsibility for, the future of their disciplines.
Support Principle: Successful engagement in the process of learning requires collaboration among multiple partners.
Impact Principle: Effective practice yields evidence of learning.
Technology Principle: Technology facilitates teaching, learning, community building, and resource acquisition.
Standards Principle: Evidence-based standards systematically guide professional preparation and development.
College of Education Conceptual Framework Standards (CFS)
The following framework standards will be emphasized in this course:
II. KNOWLEDGE OF STUDENTS AND THEIR LEARNING: Teachers support the intellectual, social, physical, and personal development of all students.
- III. LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS: Teachers create learning environments that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
The following framework standards will be introduced in this course:
IV. ASSESSMENT: Teachers understand and use a range of formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous development of all learners.
V. PLANNING AND INSTRUCTION: Teachers design and create instructional experiences based on their knowledge of content and curriculum, students, learning environments, and assessment.
VI. PROFESSIONALISM: Teachers recognize, participate in, and contribute to teaching as a profession.
General Course Objectives:
Students will be able to:
- name and discuss the major categories of variables that have been studied in educational psychology in an attempt to answer the question "Why do some students learn more than others?" and arrange these in the form of a model of the teaching/ learning process.
- name and discuss the major components and techniques of classroom planning, management and instruction that have been addressed in the study of the teaching/learning process as well as how these general techniques can be modified to address individual differences.
- define learning and compare and contrast the factors that cognitive, behavioral, and humanistic theorists believe influence the learning process, giving specific examples of how these principles could be used in the classroom.
Note: More specific course objectives are presented separately.
- Purpose and objectives of course
- Working in the public schools
2. Educational psychology
- Objectives of Schooling
- Master basic skills of reading, writing, and arithmetic
- Become contributing member of society
- Develop individual, unique potential
- Types of Studies
1. Systematic observation
2. Participant observation
Guiding the Instructional Process
1. Domains of learning
2. Setting objectives
1. The lesson
2. Considering individual differences
1. Setting rules and procedures
2. Classroom discipline
- Evaluating learning1. In the classroom
2. Standardized testing
- Georgia Teacher Observation Instrument (GTOI)
Theories of Learning
2. Classical conditioning (respondent learning)
3. Operant conditioning
4. Social learning/observational
1. Information processing
- Social Learning and Social Cognition
2. Values orientation
- Theories of motivation
- Increasing student motivation
Students are expected to abide by the Code of Ethics developed by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission while engaged in all aspects of their teacher training experiences.
Students with Disabilities:
Valdosta State University, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, will make arrangements for students who require special assistance due to a disability. If you require some assistance, do not hesitate to make me aware of it. In addition, if you are not already registered with the Access Office for Students With Disabilities, you must contact the Access Office in Farber Hall, or call 245-2498 (voice) and 219-1348 (tty).
Policy Statement on Plagiarism and Cheating:
FIRST OFFENSE: The student will earn a “0” on the assignment, test, project, etc. If plagiarism is detected in a bulletin board posting, all previous postings will be nullified.
SECOND OFFENSE: The student will earn the letter grade “F” for the course.
THIRD OFFENSE: The student will earn the letter grade “F” for the course, and further action involving referral of the matter (with documentation) to the appropriate college (university) officials within the administrative structure will be taken. (Please also see page 39 of the VSU Student Handbook.)
A = 90-100; B = 80-89; C = 70 - 79; D = 60 - 69; F = 69 and below
Up to ten points extra credit may be earned by reading research articles from education or psychology journals or readings in educational psychology; by listening to audio recordings; viewing videotapes, DVDs or video materials on the internet; or reviewing computer software dealing with issues related to the teaching-learning process. A critique is to be typewritten, double-spaced and should include:
Publication data or tape identification;
- Summary of article or tape (1 to 1-1/2 pages);
- Your personal opinion about the value of the article or tape (1/2 page).
Each report will be worth a maximum of one point added to one of the 4 exams.
Last updated: May 2009 Return to: | EdPsyc Courses | Homepage |
Dr. William G. (Bill) Huitt
Dept. of Psychology, Counseling & Guidance
Valdosta State University
Valdosta, GA 31698-0001
Office: (912) 333-5613
FAX: (912) 333-7167
E-mail: whuitt at valdosta dot edu
Copyright (c) 2009-- Bill Huitt