COURSES

TEACHER EDUCATION & EDUCATION STUDIES

EDST 180 Psychology of Learning (PSYC 180)
An investigation of how people learn. This course examines learning theories (behavioral, cognitive, constructivist, humanist) and their implications for the educational process in schools. Other topics include learning and the brain, the nature of expertise, the design of learning environments, and approaches to instruction that promote meaningful learning. Practicum of 20 hours required. Units: 6.

EDST 450 Topics in Education Studies: Educating for Creativity
In this course we’ll explore the nature of creativity and the role of creative thinking in diverse areas of study, work, and everyday life. We’ll also examine critiques of traditional education’s impact on the development of creativity and look for approaches that show greater promise. From our shared readings and discussions, students will develop inquiries or projects of personal interest, which may involve fieldwork in local schools or community organizations. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. A previous course in Education Studies is recommended but not required.

EDUC 430 Educating All Learners
This course for students in the Teacher Education Program focuses on two important aspects of K-12 teaching: (1) helping learners develop academic and disciplinary literacy; and (2) tailoring instruction to specific learning needs (for students with disabilities, English language learners, struggling readers, students with gaps in academic knowledge, gifted students, etc.). Practicum of 20 hours required in a subject area class that includes learners with special needs. Units: 6. Prerequisite: EDST 180 and sophomore standing.

EDUC 431 Educating All Learners in Music (for Conservatory students)
This course for students seeking certification to teach music (choral, general, and/or instrumental) focuses on adapting music instruction to learners with disabilities. Practicum of 10 hours required in a music class that includes learners with special needs. Units: 3. Prerequisite: EDST 180 and junior standing.

EDUC 650 Student Teaching
Student teaching is normally taken during Term I, coinciding with the public school fall semester. A weekly seminar at Lawrence (EDUC 660) is required with this course. See department chair for prerequisites and for exceptions to the Term I requirement. Units: 18. Prerequisite: Senior standing and admission to the teacher certification program.

EDUC 660 Advanced Methods in Teaching
The seminar will engage students in critical reflection upon their student teaching experience. Concrete and theoretical problems having to do with teaching and learning will be explored (classroom management, assessment of pupil performance, curriculum design, instructional methods), as will issues having to do with educational policy and school organization. Units: 3. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 650 or consent of instructor.

COGNITIVE SCIENCE & LINGUISTICS

EDST 180 Psychology of Learning (PSYC 180)
An investigation of how people learn. This course examines learning theories (behavioral, cognitive, constructivist, humanist) and their implications for the educational process in schools. Other topics include learning and the brain, the nature of expertise, the design of learning environments, and approaches to instruction that promote meaningful learning. Practicum of 20 hours required. Units: 6.

EDST 345 Distributed Cognition (ANTH/PSYC 345)
Distributed cognition explores the role of the environment, artifacts, social interaction, and culture in human reasoning, problem-solving, and learning. Domains of study range from the sophisticated (ship navigation) to the everyday (time-telling). Emphasis is placed on studies of cognition in real-world settings. Units: 6. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

LING 470 Cognitive Linguistics
Cognitive linguistics is a subfield of linguistics and cognitive science that studies conceptual structure, language, and meaning in relation to general cognitive mechanisms. Topics include cognitive and construction grammars, categorization, construal, image schemas, mental spaces, conceptual metaphors, and conceptual blending. Units: 6. Prerequisite: LING 150 or consent of instructor.

LING 545 Gesture Studies (EDST/PSYC 545)
Gesture studies is an interdisciplinary field that examines the use of the hands and other parts of the body in communication and cognition. In this seminar we discuss studies of gesture types, universals, and variations; gesture development; gesture production and perception; relations of gesture to thought and language (spoken and signed); and functions of gesture in human interaction, problem-solving, and learning. Units: 6. Prerequisite: one course in linguistics or psychology, junior standing or consent of instructor.