Graduate Course Catalog 2009-2011

COURSE: 54-516 Learning Theories and Individual Development (3)
This course presents developmental theories of behavior, language and learning. Candidates explore current research to develop their personal learning styles and discuss how they affect their interactions with children and adolescents in the school setting. The psychology of unique learners, identification of unique learners and strategies for teaching unique learners is a focus of this course. Candidates use a case study approach to explore the characteristics and learning needs of unique learners via the integration of developmental theory. Candidates are expected to develop a personal philosophy of education based on literature reviews and introspective essay. This course also covers the role of the middle school teacher in assessment, coordination and referral of students to health and social services.