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Curriculum Action Notice


Academic Affairs Committee


November 12, 2002

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curriculum actions. Within the next 10 days, please forward any comments or concerns to the AAC Chair, Helen Biblehimer, Elliott Hall 203, ext. 4521,

The Department: Education and Special Education has requested the following curricular change:

Action: Course Change: ED 2205 Educational Psychology

Purpose and nature of change: Approve ED 2205, Educational Psychology as a Group V, Social Science course

Prerequisites: (Courses which MUST be completed prior to taking this course) PSY 1101

List 1 - 3 sample textbooks for this course:

Omrod, J.E. (2000). Educational Psychology: Developing Learners, 3e. Prentice-Hall.

Describe any student enrollment restrictions (limited to majors in program XXX, restricted from majors in program XXX, etc.) Restricted to teacher education majors

Request that Course be considered for General Education Credit. Please check all applicable boxes.
a. ___X__ Satisfy a Group Requirement - specify Group ____V____
b. _____ Satisfy Global Awareness Requirement
c. _____ Satisfy Information Literacy Requirement
d. _____ Satisfy a "Professional Course" for Block 6

Provide Support for this request.
To reduce selected BSE programs to the 126 or 120 credit requirement mandated by SSHE.
ED 205: Educational Psychology addresses human development, learning theory, motivation, and individual behavioral differences.
In addition, the course provides an introduction to social science theories and research methods. By the end of the course, students should be able to understand social science theories and research methods. They should have good understanding of the differences
in learning, development, practices, and values among various cultural groups. They should also understand the different elements of individual and social behavior. All of these course objectives
meet the criteria that are listed under Block 5, Social Sciences; therefore I am proposing that ED 205 be listed under that block.

The detailed information about the course content, course objectives and the evaluation techniques used to assess students' learning are provided in the attached course syllabus. For the purpose of this proposal, I have highlighted the areas of relevance by using bold-faced print. In addition, I have included the following two paragraphs to briefly explain how the course meets the requirements of the Social Science block.

The first topic of the course is an introduction to social science theories and research methods. Students are required to demonstrate that they understand different types of research methods
by locating research articles, analyzing the characteristics of the research, and classifying the types of methods. The second and third topics in the course introduce students to different developmental and learning theories. Students are required to observe an education program or setting, record the behavior and events that occur, and then analyze the educational program in relation to their understanding of these theories.

The next topic is an exploration of individual differences in development and in learning, which helps students to understand individual and social behavior. Further topics include multi-cultural groups and special needs populations. The influence of differences in genders, ethnic backgrounds,
and socio-economical status are examined. All of these topics help students to gain knowledge of different social, economic and educational systems. Students are required to first answer a list of questions relating to these topics and then demonstrate their integrated knowledge through a group presentation.

Overall, the course objectives listed in the course syllabus will be met through the course content, teaching activities and course evaluations. These objectives clearly reflect the criteria of Social Science Block.


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