Psychological Foundations

Course Description

An examination of the learning processes in educational settings addressing human motivation; development of children and youth in affective, cognitive, social, and personal domains; individual differences; and implications of theory and research for teaching and learning. (NV TL: BI, II)

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe either orally or in writing a comprehensive knowledge of typical and atypical development including prenatal state through adulthood, knowledge of development stages and their implications for learning.
  • Identify major developmental theorists and characteristics representative of the major theories of human growth and development (cognitive, linguistic, social, and moral).
  • Compare applications of psychology to education by theoretical framework.
  • State influences of cultural factors and practices on child development.
  • State and describe skills needed to provide information to family members on typical developmental expectations/impact of disability on developmental progress.
  • Demonstrate skills needed to ensure that the intervention/instructional environment is appropriate to each student’s specific chronological age, developmental differences, disability, and other special needs.
  • Define learning through an examination the major learning theories (Behaviorism, Information-Processing, Social Learning, and Constructivism); knowledge construction and cognitive processing.
  • Identify / provide examples of how theories of human development are reflected in classroom practices.
  • Describe/identify applications of psychology to education: lesson design and instructional sequences, strategies, and activities.
  • Describe/identify applications of psychology to education: classroom environment, student engagement, family involvement/Communication


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