Research Methods in Cognitive Development and Education|
Fall 2012 not offered
|Certificates: Civic Engagement, The Study of Education|
|Course Cluster: Disability Studies, Service-Learning|
This course introduces students to translational research in psychology: research that draws on psychological science to inform practice. The course is built around a central case study, the acquisition of numerical concepts in deaf children. We will cover existing research on cognitive and language development, deaf education, and teaching strategies to understand the relationship between research and practice in these areas.
The service-learning component of the course, in which students will spend two hours per week in a preschool, provides a hands-on opportunity to interact with preschool children and learn firsthand about their learning environment and styles. Although the service-learning component will generally entail work in hearing preschools, opportunities will be available for observation and volunteering in schools for deaf children.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEC)(EDST-MN)(PSYC)(SISP)
Primary source articles and book chapters on cognitive development and education by authors such as (numerical cognition & development) Dehaene, Carey, Siegler, (deaf cognition) Marschark, (deaf development & education) Nunes, (research-based curriculum design in mathematics) Case, Griffiths, (principles of curriculum design) Bruner.
Cozby, P. (2009). Methods in Behavioral Research, Tenth Edition. McGraw Hill.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Ten short assignments and/or quizzes; Final project is to systematically test and write a report about an empirically-motivated math activity for deaf preschoolers.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Only one course can be taken as non-graded towards the psychology major.
This year (2011-2012), students will begin pilot-testing and refining research-based lesson plans that were created by last year's class. Students will have a chance to try out the activities in their service-learning placements. Hands-on experience using standard tools of research methods will come from designing and implementing assessments to measure the effectiveness of the lesson plans.