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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - EDF7357

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive -
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: SCNS approved 7/9/09; assigned number EDF 7357

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2124 2008-08-28
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Psychological/Social Foundations ED 0000070250
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Darlene DeMarie 9747209

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    EDF 7357 Applications of Developmental Theories

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    4 D - Discussion (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    doctoral standing


    Course Description

    This course fulfills the psychological foundation course requirement for doctoral programs in the College of Education. It helps students to understand various theoretical perspectives that can be applied to educational practice and research.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    This course is meant to be an introductory course that meets the psychological foundation course requirement for students in the College of Education. We currently do not have a sufficient number of course offerings to meet the needs of students. Students

    B. 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?

    This course has been offered twice, and it seems to attract students from different programs in the College of Education. It will be taught on line at least some of the semesters. There currently are no other psychological foundation doctoral courses taught via distance learning. It meets the psychological foundation course requirement for students completing programs in the College of Education. It will also serve as one of the initial courses required for a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, part of it was offered during the summer of 2007 but under a different name, and the proposed course (with this name) is currently offered for the fall of 2008.

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    A doctoral degree in Developmental or Educational Psychology with expertise in the application of theoretical perspectives.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Students will learn the major theoretical perspectives of developmental psychologists. They will test some aspect of one of the theories. They will trace a theorist's contribution over time. They will learn to interpret their area of research interest from two different theoretical perspectives. They will read articles from current issues of the major developmental and educational psychology journals.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    1 - Know and understand different theories of development.

    2 - Find applications of one or more of the theories within education.

    3 Review current research that cites one or more theories of development.

    4 Identify the theoretical underpinnings of one or more areas of research.

    5 Write a survey and administer it to test some aspect of one of the theories of development. Think about the validity of instruments that are developed.

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

    7 Review articles within current issues of research journals in developmental and/or

    educational psychology in order to understand the types of articles found within those journals and ways to measure the quality of journals.

    8- Write APA style papers using the appropriate formatting.

    C. Major Topics

    Jean Piaget's Cognitive Developmental Theory, Vygotsky's Sociocultural Theory, Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems Theory, Erikson's Psychosocial Theory, Freud's Psychoanalytic Theory, Skinner's Operant Condition and Applied Behavior Analysis, Information Processing Perspective, Evolutionary Theory, etc.

    D. Textbooks

    Miller, P.H. (2002). Theories of Developmental Psychology (4th ed.), New York, NY: Worth.

    Students will read current journal issues in educational and developmental psychology.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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