Education | Educational Psychology for Secondary Education Majors
P255 | 5383 | Anne Rinn

Required Text:
Ormrod, J. E. (2000). Educational Psychology: Developing Learners (3rd
ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill/Prentice Hall.

Course Description:
This course is designed to examine theories in educational psychology
and apply them to classroom situations at the secondary education
level. Topics to be covered in this course include theories of
development and learning, motivation, assessment, and strategies for
effective instruction and classroom management. The main objective of
this course is to help you apply educational psychology to your
classroom. Thus, you will gain a foundation of knowledge in human
learning and development, learn to apply theories to secondary
education classrooms, and develop the professionalism necessary for
good teaching.

Course Policies:
You are responsible for reading the assigned pages of the text prior
to the date they are covered in class. Discussion, activities, and
exams will be based on the assumption that you have read the required
material. You are also responsible for all class content, whether you
are in class or not.

No late assignments will be accepted and no make-up exams will be
given. In cases of extreme emergency, together we can determine a
course of action. No extra credit or "make-up" participation points
will be given.

You must follow all policies and regulations regarding academic
dishonesty, plagiarism, etc. as stated in the Undergraduate Bulletin.


Homework 1: Research Activity (55 points)- As a way of developing
research skills, you will be given an activity that involves doing
research. This assignment will be handed out in class on January 14,
and will be due on January 23. All of the necessary information will
be given in class.

Homework 2: Behaviorism Activity (55 points)- This homework activity
is designed to help you become more familiar with the basic components
of behaviorism. This assignment will be handed out in class on
February 20, and will be due on February 27. All of the necessary
information will be given in class.

Homework 3: Hot Topic Debate Paper (55 points)- This short paper will
allow you to research a hot topic in the area of intelligence (you can
choose from a list of topics that will be provided for you). This
assignment will be handed out in class on March 27, and will be due on
April 10. All of the necessary information will be given in class.

3 Exams (100 points each)- The first and third exams will include
multiple choice questions and short essay questions. The second exam
is a take-home exam.

Class Participation (35 points)- I strongly recommend that you attend
each class session, as we will be covering information in class that
is not always in the textbook. Classes are designed to further your
understanding of the concepts related to educational psychology, and
so participation is considered necessary. If you must miss class, you
are responsible for obtaining the information that is covered that

Grading Guidelines:
Grading for all assignments and exams will be based on the following
A  Shows extraordinarily complete command of the subject matter,
represents an exceptionally high degree of originality and
synthesis/application ability

B  Very good quality of work, good synthesis/application ability

C Satisfactory quality of work

D Minimally acceptable quality/quantity of work

F Unacceptable work, does not meet requirements

The maximum number of points you can earn in this course is 500.
Grades will be distributed as follows:

A = 480-500			
A- = 450-479				
B+ = 435-449			
B   = 415-434
B-  = 400-414	
C+ = 385-399
C   = 365-384
C-  = 350-364	
D+ = 335-349
D   = 315-334
D-  = 300-314

Class Schedule

Day 1 January 7 Course Introduction		

Day 2 January 9	Intro to Ed Psych		

Day 3 January 14 Research Methods p.7-15 HW 1 assigned

Day 4 January 16 Piaget	p.25-42	

Day 5 January 21 NO CLASS		

Day 6 January 23 Piaget	p.25-42	HW 1 due

Day 7 January 28 Vygotsky; Info. Processing Theory p.43-58	

Day 8 January 30 Personal and Social Development p.75-94	

Day 9 February 4 Adolescent Dev.		

Day 10 February 6 Adolescent Dev.		

Day 11 February 11 Moral Development p.96-111	

Day 12 February 13 EXAM 1

Day 13 February 18 Behaviorism p.395-426	

Day 14 February 20 Behaviorism p.395-426 HW 2 assigned

Day 15 February 25 Social Cognitive Theory p.435-453	

Day 16 February 27 Modeling in the Media		

Day 17 March 4 Information Processing Theory p.224-259	

Day 18 March 6 Constructivism EXAM 2 assigned

Day 19 March 11	NO CLASS		

Day 20 March 13	NO CLASS		

Day 21 March 18 Creativity p.133-136 EXAM 2 due

Day 22 March 20 Individual and Group Differences p.146-150; p. 158-160	

Day 23 March 25	Intelligence Theories p.121-132	

Day 24 March 27	Giftedness p.206-211 HW 3 assigned

Day 25 April 1 Motivation p.472-506	

Day 26 April 3 Motivation p.472-506	

Day 27 April 8 Instruct. Strategies p.518-560	

Day 28 April 10 Instruct. Strategies p.518-560 HW 3 due

Day 29 April 15	Student Interactions p.568-588	

Day 30 April 17	Classroom Environ. p.598-621	

Day 31 April 22	Assessment p.634-665;p.671-680	

Day 32 April 24	Assessment p.634-665;p.634-665	

Final Exam Wednesday, May 1 10:15am-12:15pmEDUC rm. 1220 EXAM 3