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Course SummaryRefresh your educational psychology syllabus by incorporating the topics found in this easy-to-use lesson plan course. Our video lessons, quizzes and printable transcripts will help engage your students so they learn key terms and ideas and can work towards getting a better grade in your class.
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You can use this educational psychology course as a template for designing and implementing your course. Here are the key components of the course and how you can use them:
- Chapters - Each chapter covers a unit of educational psychology, from the definition of this field to classroom management techniques. Use these chapters as mile markers as you map out your course. We recommend planning to spend a week on each chapter, but you can always allocate the chapters according to the length of your specific educational psychology course.
- Lessons - Within each chapter are video lessons that further break down topics into bite-sized chunks. These lessons cover single topics like effective learning strategies or learned helplessness.
- Key Terms - Within each lesson are key terms. These are emphasized on screen and in the transcript. As you develop your syllabus, these key terms help you focus on the most important learning objectives. For example, the lesson on assimilation and accommodation includes key terms like adaptation, schemas, sensori-motor stage, pre-operational stage and Jean Piaget.
As you work on your educational psychology lesson plans, save time by incorporating video lessons from this resource. Here's how:
- Introduce Topics - Your students will be in the right mindset for understanding topics like classical conditioning if you begin class with a short video. It can be a jumping-off point for a lecture, group activity or class discussion.
- Break Up Lectures - The video format, which often includes animation, helps students visualize topics like inferential statistics and reinforcement schedules.
- Assign For Homework - Each lesson in the course, from Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), can be assigned to your students as homework.
Each video lesson includes a complete transcript. You can utilize these transcripts in several ways:
- Lecture Notes - Do you need a guide as you plan a lecture, such as one on direct and discovery instruction or autism and Asperger's syndrome? The transcripts cover each topic in depth, with key terms highlighted for quick reference.
- Student Reading - Perhaps you'd like your students to learn about ability grouping and tracking, but you don't have class time available. Assign the transcript as extra reading.
- Study Tools - When it's time for a unit exam on methods of assessing learning, you can point your students to the transcripts on the reliability coefficient, statistics of score distribution, bell curves, norm vs. criterion-referenced scoring and related topics to help them study.
Each video lesson has a corresponding quiz. Here's how to use the quizzes:
- Homework - Assign a quiz to your students as homework. You'll receive an email with the results, which enables you to verify they've completed the assignment and that they've understood the material. Questions cover everything from sensory integration to key facts, like when a person is most likely to undergo an identity crisis.
- Tests - You can meld the material in the quizzes into your own student assessments, saving you valuable time. Need a few questions on pedagogy? There are plenty!
- Discussions - Jump-start a discussion with questions like: How do teacher expectations influence learning?
Below is a sketch of the educational psychology syllabus modeled on a 9-week course. This sample can be adapted based on your course schedule. Navigate the chapters and lessons for more detail.
|Week||Unit||Sample of Topics Covered|
|Week 1||History and Educational Aims||Effective strategies in the classroom, qualities of an effective teacher, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)|
|Week 2||Developmental Psychology in Children and Adolescents||Four principles of development, Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development and stages of cognition, mediated learning experience, scaffolding, gender differences|
|Week 3||Motivation in Learning||Why motivation is important to education, Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, social-cognitive learning theory, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation|
|Week 4||Assessments of Learning||Forms of assessment, how to determine validity of assessments, pros and cons of standardized testing, ecological assessments|
|Week 5||Cognitive Perspective in Psychology||Two-store model of memory, how to improve memory, amnesia, problem-solving strategies|
|Week 6||Behavioral Perspective in Psychology||Behavioral theory, classical and operant conditioning, behavior management in the classroom|
|Week 7||Research Design and Analysis||Basic types of research design, how to assess a study's validity, research ethics|
|Week 8||Instructional Pedagogy||Types of instructional strategies, Bloom's taxonomy, methods of classroom management, cooperative and collaborative learning|
|Week 9||Individual Differences in Children||Intelligence testing, types of intelligence, learning disabilities, gifted students, individual education plans (IEPs)|
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