*EDU T543. Applying Cognitive Science to Learning and Teaching

This course explores specific principles from cognitive science that have important implications for instructional approach and curriculum design. It considers how recent research findings on topics such as transfer, analogy, metacognition, conceptual change, explanation, mental models, novice-expert shifts, causal reasoning, and the nature of beliefs about intelligence interact with instructional design choices. It investigates current thinking on how findings from cognitive development research impact teaching and learning. Discourse ranges from learning theory to grounded classroom examples, focusing on examples that elucidate both how theory and research inform practice and how practice informs research questions and broader theory. There will be weekly readings. Class format will include activities, discussion, and brief lectures. The course has a project-based component. Students will complete a term project, typically the development of a curriculum topic, the choice of which is based on individual interest. Weekly workshop-style sections will support students in applying class concepts to their project topic.​

Notes: Permission of instructor required. Enrollment limited to 30. Required, weekly, one-hour section.








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