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Introduction to Educational Psychology

Introduction to Educational Psychology

4 weeks / 6 hours per week

About This Course

It reviews the fundamentals of Introduction to Educational Psychology subject that are usually covered throughout a one-semester undergraduate course at college. Our goal as creators of this course is to prepare you to pass the College Board's CLEP examination and obtain college credit for free.

Through the guidance of Dr. Norman Rose, this course will cover four major areas: principles of learning and cognition, teaching methods and classroom management, child growth and development, and evaluation and assessment of learning.

“Introduction to Educational Psychology” is a completely self-paced course. It has no prerequisites and it is offered entirely for free.

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How is this course organized?

This course is organized into nine major modules that contain short video lessons, exercises and reading.

All of the course material has been released at once so you can complete it anytime.

What do I need to pass the CLEP exam?

You need to demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of basic facts, concepts, and principles on learning and instruction as well as ability to apply concepts and theories.

The exam contains approximately 100 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. Please examine our syllabus.

How does this course differ from other CLEP textbooks and traditional courses?

This online course includes a carefully structured series of video lectures and exercises taught by a top quality university professor.




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1. Educational Aims and Philosophies

1.0 Introduction to Educational Aims and Philosophies   

1.1 Socialization and Social Effects   

1.2 Moral and Character Development   

1.3 Citizenship   

1.4 Career Preparation   

1.5 Lifelong Learning   

1.6 Summary   

1.7 Readings

Video Resources   

2. Cognitive Perspective of Learning

2.0 Introduction to Cognitive Perspective of Learning   

2.1 Sensory Register   

2.2 Working Memory   

2.3 Long-Term Memory   

2.4 Teaching Strategies to Enhance Learning at Each Stage of Information Processing   

2.5 Forgetting   

2.6 Problem Solving   

2.7 Teaching for Information Transfer   

2.8 Metacognition   

2.9 Summary   

2.10 Readings

Video Resources   

3. Behavioral Perspective of Learning

3.0 Introduction to Behavioral Perspective of Learning   

3.1 Classical Conditioning   

3.2 Operant Conditioning   

3.3 Practical Applications of Behavioral Psychology   

3.4 Cognitive Learning Theory   

3.5 Summary   

3.6 Readings

Video Resources   

4. Cognitive Development

4.0 Introduction to Cognitive Development   

4.1 Piaget’s Genetic-Epistemological Theory of Cognitive Development   

4.2 Vygotsky’s Sociocultural Theory of Cognitive Development   

4.3 Erikson’s Theory of Psychosocial Development   

4.4 Moral Development   

4.5 Adolescence   

4.6 Gender Role Identity and Sex Roles   

4.7 Mental Health   

4.8 School Readiness   

4.9 Development and Acquisition of Language   

4.10 Summary   

4.11 Readings

Video Resources   

5. Motivation

5.0 Introduction to Motivation   

5.1 Behavioral Theory   

5.2 Human Needs Theory   

5.3 Attribution Theory   

5.4 Social Learning and Expectancy Theory   

5.5 Achievement Motivation   

5.6 Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation   

5.7 Reinforcement Contingencies   

5.8 Learned Helplessness   

5.9 The Effects of Anxiety on School Performance   

5.10 Summary   

5.11 Readings

Video Resources   

6. Individual Differences

6.0 Introduction to Individual Differences   

6.1 The Nature-Nurture Controversy   

6.2 Intelligence   

6.3 Environmental Influences on Individual Development   

6.4 Identifying At-Risk Children   

6.5 Teaching Strategies to Accommodate
 Background Differences Among Children   

6.6 Exceptional Learners   

6.7 Reading Ability   

6.8 General Issues Related to Individual Learning Differences   

6.9 Summary   

6.10 Readings

Video Resources   

7. Testing

7.0 Introduction to Testing   

7.1 Instructional Objectives   

7.2 Teacher–Developed Tests in Classroom   

7.3 Formative Evaluation   

7.4 Classroom Grading Approaches   

7.5 Criterion-Referenced Testing   

7.6 Norm-Referenced Testing   

7.7 Interpreting Norm-Referenced Test Scores   

7.8 Validity   

7.9 Reliability   

7.10 Test Bias   

7.11 Using Tests Appropriately   

7.12 Summary   

7.13 Readings

Video Resources   

8. Pedagogy

8.0 Introduction to Pedagogy   

8.1 Expository Teaching and Discovery Learning   

8.2 Advance Organizers   

8.3 Cooperative Learning   

8.4 Organizing Information   

8.5 Instructional Design and Technology   

8.6 Psychology of Content Areas   

8.7 Bilingual Education and ESL Programs   

8.8 Socioeconomic Status and School Performance   

8.9 Teacher Expectations   

8.10 Classroom Management   

8.11 Summary   

8.12 Readings

Video Resources   

9. Psychological Research and Methods

9.0 Introduction to Psychological Research and Methods   

9.1 Research Designs   

9.2 Sampling   

9.3 Statistical Analysis   

9.4 Research in Child Development   

9.5 Ethical Considerations in Research   

9.6 Summary   

9.7 Readings

Video Resources   

Sample CLEP Questions

Questions 1 - 15

Questions 16 - 30

Questions 31 - 45

Questions 46 - 60

Questions 61 - 75

Questions 76 - 90

Questions 91-100

Final Steps

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