Educational Psychology

Course Details

Course Number: 3153  Section Number: 103

Fall 2012

Location: Ferguson Hall

Classroom Number: 202

Course Attachments

Textbooks

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Suzanne F. Lindt   
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Course Objectives
 

TExES Compe-tencies

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

1.1k, 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

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

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

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

 2.17k

 Students learn and practice reflective habits while in the classroom.

 001, 002, 004

4.12k, 5.2k

     
     
     

 


Course Expectations

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.

Grading Standards

Due Dates and Points for Assignments (Adjustments may be made during the semester.)

 

Grades for Course Assignments

 

 

 

Points Possible

Tests: Essay Test (50 points), Mid-term (150 pts) - multiple choice,

Final (200 pts) – cumulative and multiple choice

400 points

 

Projects and Papers: Student Motivation and Engagement (200 pts),

Class Lead (100 pts), and Observation Evaluation (200 pts)

500 points

Participation: Participation will mainly focus on class and online discussions and group activities.  Reading the assigned chapters before class and being prepared supports participation. You will be given three online discussions, which will make up 60 of your 100 participation points.  I will also look for active engagement in assigned work and coming to class prepared and on time.

100 points

 

 

 

 

Grading Policy

A

900 – 1000 points

B

800 – 899 points

C

700 – 799 points

D

600 – 699 points

F

BELOW 600 points

 

 

 

 


Final Exam12/11/2012  8:00 - 10:00

Submission Format Policy
  1. Submission of Assignments: All assignments must be submitted to the assignment page for this course on WebCT prior to class on the date due.  Please plan ahead for assignment submission, as WebCT will sometimes be down.  A minimum of 5 points will be deducted for assignments not submitted through WebCT.  Hard copies will not be accepted.


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
  1. Due Dates and Late Penalties: Assignments are expected to be turned in by the due date. Ten percent of the total points will be deducted per date late, and any assignment submitted more than two weeks late will receive no more than 50% of the possible points. Arrangements must be made at least two days in advance for any exceptions to be given.

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

Absences during the term should be minimal. As a beginning professional, you are expected to be present and on time in the classroom, as if you were employed. Professional teachers are dependable, reliable, and responsible.  Therefore, candidates are expected to be on time and in attendance at every class. Tardiness, leaving early, and absences are considered evidence of lack of dependability, and are taken seriously. If you are absent more than one time during the semester, you will have ten points deducted from your participation grade with each subsequent absence (i.e. second absence - ten points, third absence – additional ten points, etc.). Arriving in the classroom after class has started will count as a tardy. Three tardies will count as one absence. 


Other Policies
  1. Written work – Should be completed in a professional style.  Using correct spelling and grammar are important writing skills you must know well because your students will learn from you. Therefore, most written assignments will have 10% - 20% of the grade based on spelling, grammar, punctuation, and a professional writing style. Expectations are for quality work. 

 

  1. Adhering to professional ethics – When using professional sources in your writing, please cite sources you have used or ideas you have adapted when completing assignments.  Use of copyrighted materials must adhere to legal and ethical guidelines.  If part of an assignment is submitted for credit in more than one course, both professors must pre-approve this dual credit and the dual use should be referenced clearly on both assignments.

 

  1. Speech Screening: If you have not been screened and released by Anita Beeks, Speech Therapist, you will not be allowed to student teach.  If you have not previously been screened, please contact Sherri Johnson, 397-4370, to set up an appointment.  Screening is not conducted during the summer months.

 

  1. Americans with Disabilities Act: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities.  Students with a disability must be registered with Disability Support Services before classroom accommodations can be provided. If you have a documented disability that will impact your work in this class, please contact me to discuss your needs.

 

  1. Plagiarism Statement: “By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a ‘limited right’ in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The ‘limited right’ shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality, authenticity, and educational purposes.” from Student Handbook

 

 


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.