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EDUC 501: Human Development and Learning: PK-12

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Use this guide to locate resources for your course assignments. See the boxes below for course assignments and other education infoguides.

  • Find Articles - Key databases and journals for human development & learning in PK-12 classrooms and schools
  • Find Books - Search the Mason and Washington Research Library Consortium catalogs for books related to human development & learning in PK-12 classrooms and schools
  • Find Videos - access the video and streaming video collections human and Development in PK_12 classrooms. Click the link to access the Teaching Channel
  • Prepare Multimedia Presentations - tips for preparing multimedia presentations, information on getting started and tutorials on using Prezi, PowerPoint, Google Presentations, and iMovie.  
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Course Assignments

Listed below are assignments for EDUC 501 which will require library resources:

Influences on Learning Presentation

Each student will utilize a multimedia tool (Prezi, iMovie, PowerPoint, etc.) to design a presentation on the group’s selected topic.  The presentation should have a script that is audio recorded with the presentation.  The goal of the presentation is to teach your fellow classmates about this specific topic, and the presentation should be viewed as one that could be presented in a professional development session for teachers.

  1. To gather your data, review several sources. Two to three of your sources should come from traditional references such as referreed journals or books. You may use the Internet as a source of information, but you will need to evaluate the quality of the information you find and reference it properly.  
  2. Read and review what you have found, then select a minimum of five sources for your presentation of the key findings on the topic.
  3. In addition, supply at least five on-line resources that your colleagues can draw upon to find further resources and information about your topic.

Please note the presentation is not necessarily a summary of the topic, rather it should identify information that will be helpful to you as a teacher. 

Child/Adolescent Study

The case study is a rich portrait of the development of a student that you observed in the school context.  It is based on your written observations, interactions with the child and includes general descriptive information about family, community, and cultural context.  The purpose is to help you learn how to observe children and collect data systematically so that you gain insight into development.  These skills will enable you to assess students and plan developmentally and culturally appropriate learning experiences for them.

Each student will conduct a study of one child or adolescent to examine the developmental domains. Using a variety of activities, small/whole group lessons, teacher/parent/student interviews, etc., students will write paper a 12-15 page paper that describes the key findings

Review syllabus for complete list of work for EDUC 501.

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