Understanding the learning process is important for students to develop as learners and teachers to effectively facilitate the learning process. This course combines basic principles of learning theory and human adolescent development with effective teaching strategies and classroom management skills. To thoroughly understand the various concepts we will examine our own learning, explore the principles of educational psychology, and focus on how to effectively apply the concepts and strategies to the classroom. Topics covered in Educational Psychology include: the psychological conditions of classroom learning and teaching; understanding the needs of exceptional and diverse children in the classroom; student motivation for learning; cognition and understanding; complex processes of learning; memory; and development, including linguistic, social, personal, and cognitive. A thorough exploration of theory and application combine for connection between learners and classrooms.
Field WorkCountry: Morocco
Date: April 11, 2019
In this field class we will be touring Casablanca so that students can get the feel of Morocco’s largest city and North Africa’s largest port—its pockets of affluence, French architecture, business, commercial and residential districts, and prosperous downtown. After the city tour, students will travel to northwestern Casablanca to an impoverished area called Sidi Moumen. Sidi Moumen was made famous in the first decade of this century by being the home of the suicide bombers who killed 48 people in terrorist attacks in Casablanca and Marrakech. Students will have an opportunity to see for themselves the linkage between living in extreme poverty and terrorism, and also be able to witness the remarkable efforts of the Sidi Moumen Cultural Center. Founded in 2007 by Boubker Mazoz, the Sidi Moumen Cultural Center is dedicated to helping the city’s marginalized, and mostly unemployed, youth improve their opportunities in life through educational, sports, and artistic programs. Sidi Moumen Cultural Center has a unique model of community organizing which uses the local talent of the neighborhood to run the programs, rather than importing privileged volunteers from outside the area. Students will be given a tour of the neighborhood, the local health clinic, and the Center. Students will break into groups and will participate in a couple of different service projects. At the end of the day, we will be given some time to interact with some of the students at the Cultural Center. This Field Lab is designed to give student a hand’s on experience of what it might be like to live in an urban impoverished area, and to experience the impact of effective community organizing on adolescent development. Learning Objectives Participants in this field class will:
- understand the connection between personal/social development and life experiences.
- recognize reasons some students may be considered “at risk”.
- discover the importance of educational environments to change experiences of students.
- experience community organizing and its role in adolescent development based on the Sidi Moumen Cultural Center.