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Children's Learning from Media
PSYC 311
Spring 2021
Section: 01  

Children are surrounded by media that aim to teach them, from television shows that introduce Spanish, to books that promote kindness, to apps that explain the biological world. How do children learn from the wide range of educational media they encounter? In what ways do media set the stage for children's expectations about the world? And does our modern, digital era suggest a shift in children's education? In this course, we will explore theoretical questions and empirical research to better understand how children learn from media and how different forms of media affect cognition and behavior. We will focus primarily on infancy and early childhood as periods of tremendous growth and increasing exposure to media, but will also discuss media use during middle childhood and adolescence. We will consider topics that have been well-studied and important questions that remain unanswered in the field. We will also turn a critical eye to the historical lack of representation (i.e., race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, family structure, etc.) in children's media and discuss necessary changes. Throughout the course, we will engage critically with empirical research, develop ideas for testing unanswered questions, and practice communicating about research to the public.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM PSYC
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (EDST-MN)(EDST)(PSYC)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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