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APSY 4464 Psychological Perspectives on Schooling (Fall/Spring: 3 )


Course Description

In many countries, including the United States, children’s attendance at school, or the documentation of a plan for learning outside of a school, is compulsory until late adolescence. As former or current students of schools, most people have opinions about what makes for good teaching and good learning and they use these opinions when making decisions about schooling for their children. Rather than encourage the acceptance of the educational status quo, or promote using one’s personal anecdotes as the best evidence for making decisions about schooling, this course aims to use evidence from psychology concerning development and learning to examine the practices in some philosophically-driven approaches to schooling. Students will use this information to design schools in which the pedagogical approach, social milieu, and understandings of children’s development are evidence-based and support articulated values and goals.


Instructor(s): Jill Hogan and Mahsa Ershadi

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: EDUC4464 PSYC4464

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Last Updated: 29-Apr-16