NB Language of instruction is English. If preferred, students can answer exam questions and write assignments in Dutch.
There are no formal admission requirements, however, this course is related to the courses Leren en Cognitie, Het Lerende Brein, Het lerende kind, Ontwikkelen van Krachtige Leeromgevingen, and Onderwijs in de 21e eeuw. If you did not take these courses it might be helpful to examine their reading materials.
A big part of children’s development takes place in the context of schools. In this course we will focus on learning and instruction in this context. Understanding how learning and instruction occur – and how they may fail – allows one to identify the conditions that promote reaching the learning goals. In addition, it may lead to improved instructional design and interventions when learning is suboptimal. In this course, we will cover theoretical and empirical studies on the psychological processes that take place during learning, and the implications thereof for instructional practices. Students will learn more about topics such as instructional design, individual differences in learning, learning in specific areas such as reading, science and mathematics, different types of assessment, and motivation for learning. Various research methodologies to investigate these processes will pass by and their relative strengths and limitations will be discussed. Students practice translating the implications of this knowledge base to educational practices like instruction and assessments.
The aim of this course is to help students gain a thorough understanding of the psychological processes that take place during learning, and apply/translate this knowledge to education and instruction. At completion of the course, students will be able to:
demonstrate in-depth understanding of recent insights in learning, assessment, and instruction;
do so with respect to both general learning situations and specific areas (e.g., reading, science, mathematics);
demonstrate the ability to critically reflect on the methodology and findings of research articles in the domain of learning and instruction;
demonstrate the ability to translate the knowledge base of learning and instruction to educational practices
Mode of instruction
This course consists of 7 meetings. To ensure that students will attain a thorough knowledge, instruction will take a variety of forms, including lectures, group discussions, and cooperative learning activities. Students are expected to read all assigned articles before each meeting. In addition, students will work on weekly group assignments and are invited to actively participate in group discussions. The course will be concluded by individually writing a reflection paper, in which each student will critically reflect on scientific articles.
The final grade will be based on three components:
the quality of the individual reflection paper (40% of final grade)
average of grades of inividual tests about assigned articles (20% of final grade)
average of grades of weekly group assignments (40% of final grade).
Each component grade needs to be at least 5.0. Retakes of components are only possible for component grades below 5.0.
The course manual, announcements, and links to the articles will be available on Blackboard.
Study material will consist of recent book chapters and/or primary research articles from leading journals in education and psychology.
Links to all articles will be digitally available on Blackboard.
Please note that separate uSis registration is mandatory for lectures, seminars, exams and re-exams. Student who do not register, cannot attend courses or take exams. For more in formation on course and exam registration please refer to this website
Registration for the lectures of the course is possible as of 100 calendar days through 10 calendar days before the first lecture at the latest;
Registration for the seminars of the course is possible as of 100 calendar days through 10 calendar days before the first seminar at the latest.
The exam of this course is a paper. This means that you do not have to register yourself for this exam in uSis.
For questions about this course email Kim Stroet