A fundamental learning objective of PSY. 263 is for you to develop an understanding of how to apply theories from the field of psychology to teaching and learning. This assignment will provide you with an opportunity to critically examine an educational psychology issue that is personally relevant. See below for relevant questions.
What are my tasks for this assignment?
Identify an Educational Psychology issue that is personally relevant and somewhat controversial.
-This website (http://help4teachers.com/hottopics.htm) gives a list of possible topics.
-Explain your issue in a manner that demonstrates understanding of the key components. In doing this, you should explore the opposing view.
-Articulate your view on the issue
-Provide a justification of your view through appropriate evidence (theory and opinion)
-It is expected that you reference these sources both in the text and in a “Reference” section.
-Roughly 5-7 pages, though the length will be contingent on the scope of your chosen topic.
1. Some have suggested schools’ concern for children’s moral development and their self-esteem is misplaced, and the business of the school is to teach knowledge and cognitive skills. What is your position regarding this issue? Explain.
2. There has been a long-time and on-going debate about the relative value of teaching students’ content (e.g., concepts) versus processes (e.g., self-regulation, critical thinking, problem solving, meta cognitive skills, etc). Which should schools emphasize more? Why? What do you think will be most important for your particular developmental group and content area?