Educational Psychology

Course Details

Course Number: EDUC 3153  Section Number: 301

Summer I 2011

Location: Ferguson Hall

Classroom Number: 303

Days & Times:

Class Meets: Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. till 10:00 a.m. (and Friday, June3)



Course Attachments

Textbooks

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. John Schreiber   
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Course Objectives

Course Objectives and Standards

Specific learning objectives for the course derive from the standards of TSPPR.  This course provides teacher candidates with a knowledge base of the environment in which they may teach.  Satisfactory completion of the course will document that students have demonstrated the ability to:

·         Demonstrate knowledge of educational theories and their application to teaching.

·         Apply educational psychology principles to learning.

·         Recognize characteristics of good and bad teachers.

·         Apply observational and analytical techniques that will foster a deeper understanding of children and adolescents.

·         Apply observation skills that will provide insights into classroom behavior of teachers and students.

·         Reflect on the methods used by classroom teachers to create classroom environments that promote rapport, respect, and learning.

·         Gather information leading to classroom organization and management skills.

·         Reflect on personal concepts of teaching.

·         Apply educational theory in response to TExES test questions.

 

Standards/Objectives Covered

 

TExES Compe-tencies

ACEI

Pedagogy

Prof. Respons.

Students recognize, understand, and address in both writing and discussion the implications of the many developmental phenomena associated with teaching and learning

001, 002

1

1.1k, 1.2k, 4k

Students recognize, understand, and address both in writing and discussion the implications of the many cognitive and behavioral phenomena associated with teaching and learning

001, 005

1

2.4k, 2.5k,

Students recognize, understand, and address in writing and discussion, the many aspects of developing a culture for learning and a positive environment of respect and rapport. Specifically, candidates will verbally discuss and write about factors affecting children’s learning, including candidates’ understanding of the school community, students’ developmental level, students’ racial, cultural, and gender diversity, and the needs of special populations.

001,

002, 004, 005

3.2

2.1k, 2.2k

2.3k, 2.4k,

Diversity: Students will develop a vision of learning that promotes the success of all students based on relevant knowledge and theories, including but not limited to an understanding of the diversity of learners and learners’ needs, and schools as interactive, social, and cultural systems. Specifically, candidates will read, discuss, and write about students from diverse social, ethnic, and cultural systems.

002

1

2.1k

 Students recognize, understand, and address in writing and discussion the nature and implications of both student-centered and teacher-centered approaches to teaching and learning. Specifically, candidates will analyze instructional techniques that influence student learning.

001, 005

1

 2.17k

 Students learn and practice reflective habits while in the classroom.

 001, 002, 004

 1

4.12k, 5.2k

       
       
       

 

Dispositions

  • Teaching Disposition: Students will reflect and learn from practice.
  • Disposition toward children: Students will demonstrate determination and persistence in developing abilities to work successfully with children. This will be demonstrated by identifying instructional methods that help children learn.
  • Disposition toward inquiry:  Working with others collaboratively to gain new perspectives on the complexities of teaching.
  • Personal Disposition: Appreciation of the need for good rapport and strong relationships with professionals and students.

 

Assessment of Dispositions

Students will demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and dispositions as follows:

  1. Students will engage in thoughtful classroom discussions based on research and observations.
  2. *Students will maintain positive and appropriate relationships with peers and faculty. These relationships are void of all forms of threat, harassment, and abuse.
  3. Students will demonstrate appropriate personal hygiene and professional dress.  The student is clean and well groomed when in class or in any other professional context.  The student dresses in a professional manner as defined by the dress code of the West College of Education whenever the student is on a public school campus.
  4. Students are punctual and attend class regularly.  The student arrives on time for classes and other professional activities and regularly attends all classes.
  5. Students work productively with faculty and peers.  The student accepts and acts upon constructive criticism, is a positive and productive member of collaborative groups, engages in professional dialogues, and demonstrates respect and understanding for instructors, supervisors, and peers.
  6. Students separate personal and professional issues resulting from religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, race, social class, national allegiance, and learning differences.  The student does not impose personal values upon others or let those values inappropriately bias teaching method or curriculum.
  7. Students demonstrate effective and appropriate use of both written and oral communication skills.
  8. *Students demonstrate personal and scholastic integrity.  The student is truthful and forthcoming, claims credit only for original work, and scrupulously documents the work of others.
  9. Students exhibit emotional, intellectual, and physical characteristics requisite to effective teaching.
  10. Students with disabilities that impinge upon the ability to complete coursework or teach effectively must notify the Office of Disabilities and provide documentation as needed to insure reasonable accommodation.

*Failure to meet and maintain this criterion is cause for immediate dismissal from the teaching program.


Course Expectations

Evaluation and Grades

Rubrics will be utilized for the grading of all student submitted products.  Point values on rubrics will be converted to percentages for conversion to a course letter grade according to the following scale: 

                                                            A = 90% - 100%

                                                            B = 80% - 89%

                                                            C = 70% - 79%

                                                            D = 60% - 69%

                                                            F =       0 - 59%

Point values for specific assignments are as follows:

            Points                          Activity                                                          

            200      2 Wisdom Demonstration Activities @ 100 points each                                         

(True/false, multiple choice and short answer)                                                          

                                                                                               

 100     Final Comprehensive Wisdom Demonstration Activity        

                   

            300 Total Points


Grading Standards

A = 90% - 100%

B = 80% - 89%

C = 70% - 79%

D = 60% - 69%

F =  0 - 59%


Final Exam6/30/2011  

Submission Format Policy

General Expectations and Provisions

Although the course requires a thorough understanding of the readings and assignments, class activities will provide the basis for learning and assessment. Most sessions will be interactive in nature and difficult to "make up" if you miss. Be on time and don't leave early. 

 

Prompt and regular attendance is expected.  Professional educators expect their students to be punctual and research clearly demonstrates that students learn from the behavior modeled by their teachers.  Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class.  Any class member arriving after attendance is taken assumes the responsibility of verifying their attendance with the instructor after class--failure to verify attendance, each class day, will result in being marked absent.  Correction in the attendance documentation will not be permitted at future class meetings.

 

Because a great deal of the course consists of content presented only in class, there is a special need for high expectations regarding attendance.  Any student, who has missed class once--for any reason--is required to schedule a conference with the instructor.  This conference is to be scheduled outside of normal class hours by the student and is intended to consider the reasons for the absences and the advisability of continuing in the course. Failure to schedule and attend a required attendance conference, or a second absence, will result in withdrawal from the class or a grade of F.

 

In the event that a class member is absent, for whatever reason, that individual assumes responsibility for remaining current with the course. 



Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

No late work is accepted.

Because a great deal of the course consists of content presented only in class, there is a special need for high expectations regarding attendance.  Any student, who has missed class once--for any reason--is required to schedule a conference with the instructor.  This conference is to be scheduled outside of normal class hours by the student and is intended to consider the reasons for the absences and the advisability of continuing in the course. Failure to schedule and attend a required attendance conference, or a second absence, will result in withdrawal from the class or a grade of F.

Because a great deal of the course consists of content presented only in class, there is a special need for high expectations regarding attendance.  Any student, who has missed class once--for any reason--is required to schedule a conference with the instructor.  This conference is to be scheduled outside of normal class hours by the student and is intended to consider the reasons for the absences and the advisability of continuing in the course. Failure to schedule and attend a required attendance conference, or a second absence, will result in withdrawal from the class or a grade of F.


Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Because a great deal of the course consists of content presented only in class, there is a special need for high expectations regarding attendance.  Any student, who has missed class once--for any reason--is required to schedule a conference with the instructor.  This conference is to be scheduled outside of normal class hours by the student and is intended to consider the reasons for the absences and the advisability of continuing in the course. Failure to schedule and attend a required attendance conference, or a second absence, will result in withdrawal from the class or a grade of F.

 


Other Policies

Civility in Our Classroom

Students are expected to assist in maintaining a classroom environment which is conducive to learning.  In order to assure that all students have the opportunity to gain from time spent in class, unless otherwise approved by the instructor, students are prohibited from engaging in any form of distraction—this includes, but is not limited, to pagers and cell phones.  Inappropriate behavior in the classroom shall result, minimally, in a request to leave class.

 

Americans With Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statue that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities.  Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities.  If you require special arrangements in order to meet course requirements, you should contact the instructor as soon as possible to make necessary accommodations.


Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.