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These course descriptions are not being updated as of August 1, 2016. Current course descriptions are maintained in LionPATH.

Educational Psychology (EDPSY)

EDPSY 010 (GS) Individual Differences and Education (3) Relationships between learner differences and physical, cognitive, language, social, and cultural development; emphasis on ethnicity, gender, special needs; schooling implications.

EDPSY 010 Individual Differences in Education (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course is an overview of the major theories and significant research on the development and explanation of individual differences and how those differences affect the education of school-age children. Specific topics include physical, cognitive, language, social-emotional, and cultural development in children and youth ages 3-20. By its very nature, the course will include a diversity focus, with special attention to ethnic, cultural, and gender issues as well as the needs of special populations.

Within each topic area, the course will pay special attention to theoretical and empirical work on how and why variations occur, how they are to be interpreted and measured, and the implications those variations have for society, especially for schooling. Traditional and alternative practices in schools will be examined to see which approaches best meet the needs of an increasingly diverse American society. While the course will focus on individual differences in education it will not be exclusively oriented toward future teachers. The course will also help parents (or future parents) understand the nature of development and individual differences of students as they progress through the educational system.

General Education: GS
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Social and Behavioral Science
Effective: Summer 2011

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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