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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - EDF7375
Tracking Number - 1537

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2009-06-01
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2009-04-11
  2. Department: Psychological/Social Foundations
  3. College: ED
  4. Budget Account Number: TPA 10000 172500 000000 0000000
  5. Contact Person: Darlene DeMarie
  6. Phone: 47209
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: EDF
  9. Number: 7375
  10. Full Title: Applications of Developmental Theories
  11. Credit Hours: 4
  12. Section Type: D - Discussion (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Applic Dev Theories
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: doctoral standing in the College of Education or permission of the Instructor
  23. Corequisites: none
  24. Course Description: Doctoral course fulfilling the psych. foundation requirement in the College of Education. It reviews theories of development having implications for curriculum,learning, and other educ./mental health practices. Offered via distance learning periodically.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: A greater selection of psychological foundation offerings is needed in the College of Education. We also need a course taught via distance learning, and this course has been taught on a temporary basis that way during the spring of 2009. It is meant to be
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? It would service all programs in the College of Education. It is being taught for the first time as a distance learning course during the fall of 2009, and there are 12 doctoral students who are enrolled in the course. The students are from adult education, higher education, secondary education, reading, early childhood, elementary education, counseling, and possibly another area or two.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, it was offered in its current form during the spring of 2009. It is going fairly well, despite the fact that I currently am a Fulbright Scholar in South Africa, and I have had difficulty getting on line most nights.
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, or Applied Developmental.
  29. Objectives: a) Know and apply different theories of development and learning.

    b) Analyze an area of research from 2 or more theoretical perspectives.

    c) Overview Developmental and Educational psychology journals in order to understand the types of articles found within those. Review an article within one of the journals.

    d) Locate and report a journalís impact factor and find other statistics and ways of determining perceived quality of that journal within the professional community.

    e) Write a questionnaire to test some aspect of one of the theories of

    development. Think about the validity of the instrument that was developed.

    f) Write APA style papers using the appropriate formatting.

    g) Write a professional review of someone elseís paper.

    h) Appreciate the contribution of psychology to education.

  30. Learning Outcomes: a) Discuss various theories of development and apply two of them to one's area of interest in research. Students interpret the results from 10 research articles related to one area of research from those theoretical perspectives.

    b) Write two APA style papers that critique research articles.

    c) Become familiar with journals in Educational Psychology and Developmental Psychology and know how to review quality statistics on those journals.

    d) Take the lead for one theory. Lead the discussion. Show citations over time. See how that theory or theorist is cited and in which journals across time.

    e) Develop a survey using good principles of survey development. Insure that the survey tests some aspect of one of the theories.

  31. Major Topics: Piaget






    Information Processing


    Evolutionary Theory

  32. Textbooks: Miller, P.H. (2002). Theories of developmental psychology (4th ed.), New York, NY: Worth Publishers.

    (This book is currently under revision. However, even though it is more than 6 years old, it is considered the best book on developmental theories. It provides the most comprehensive overview of the theories.)

    This book is supplemented by current research articles in the journals. Students are asked to focus on articles produced in the last 3 years, so we can review that theory's significance in today's research.

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