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Research Methods in Cognitive Development and Education

PSYC 206
Fall 2024
Section: 01  
Course Cluster and Certificates: Community-Engaged Learning, Disability Studies, Service Learning

This course introduces students to translational research in psychology--research that draws on psychological science to inform practice. The first third of the course will cover basic research methods, fulfilling the requirement for the major and preparing students to critically read, interpret, and engage in research. Then, we will investigate a series of case studies in which people have attempted to take basic research in developmental science and apply it to education settings. Example research-based interventions we might choose to study include mindfulness, growth mindset, early numeracy, reading instruction, teacher development, and anti-bias education. We will ask questions like: Which aspects of the research did the interventions account for, and which aspects were set aside? What are the factors that facilitate or block the use of research in practice? How are research-based interventions evaluated, and how do the outcomes of those evaluations affect our interpretations of the original research findings? What tradeoffs are made when putting research findings into the real world? How do seemingly small details about how interventions are designed and implemented affect the research-practice interface? Through our discussions, we will cover some core topics located at the bridge between research and practice such as practitioner expertise, science communication, participatory action research, educational design, and implementation science.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS PSYC
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: PSYC105
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIVI-MN)(EDST-MN)(EDST)(PSYC)(STS)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

Last Updated on JUL-20-2024
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