EDF 4467 - Learning Theory and Assessment
Dr. Bobby Hoffman

Contacting the Professor
Office Hours:     This is an online course and the instructor will be available online daily, except weekends. In-person appointments are available by appointment Tuesday/Thursdays     

Office:     Education Building 220N
Office Phone:     (407) 823-1770
ES Dept. phone:     (407) 823-2426
FAX :    (407) 823-5144

Contacting the Teaching Assistant (Fall & Spring Semesters only)

Christina Wilds-

Office Hours: Tuesday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesdays 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Office: Education Building 206F

Principles of learning as applied to classroom teaching situations, with emphasis on behavior, cognition, motivation, and assessment. This course is designed for juniors who plan to receive credentials to become classroom teachers.
Required Texts and Materials

    * Hoffman, B. (Ed.). (2007). Learning Theory and Assessment. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson. ISBN: 0536-477337
    * Live Text software

Recommended Text:

    * Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.). (2001). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association

A. Course Objectives:

KEY: PEC = Florida Professional Education Competencies
ESOL = English for Speakers of Other Languages
FEAP = Florida Accomplished Practices

Through lectures, overhead, video and/or computer presentations, class discussions, student presentations, written assignments, exams, field experiences, and group interactions the student will, upon completion of the course, be able to:

   1. Understand the role psychology in general, and educational psychology in particular, plays in the modern classroom. (FEAP/PEC 7)

   2. Apply human development and learning theories to support the intellectual, personal, and social development of all students (FEAP 7).

   3. Explain how intelligence is defined, measured, classified, and describe the effect it has on student performance. (FEAP/PEC 7)

   4. Understand behaviorism and social-cognitive theory and identify examples of their utilization from his or her field experience. (FEAP/PEC 7)

   5. Understand cognitive learning theory and identify examples of its utilization from his or her field experience. (PEC 13; FEAP/PEC 4)

   6. Understand constructivist and social constructivist learning theory and identify examples of its utilization from his or her field experience. (PEC 13; FEAP/PEC 4)

   7. Identify the main factors that comprise motivated behavior and explain how cognition and motivation affect each other. (PEC 13)

   8. Identify ways to facilitate students self-regulation in the classroom. FEAP/PEC 9)

   9. Distinguish more- from less-facilitating learning environments based on an understanding of educational psychological theory. (FEAP/PEC 3, 7, 9, 12; ESOL 18)

  10. Uses assessment strategies (traditional and alternate) to assist the continuous development of the learner. FEAP/PEC 1, 9)

  11. Compare and contrast various methods of assessment and cite examples of their use from his or her field experience. (FEAP/PEC 1)

  12. Construct/evaluate a variety of instruments and/or assessment procedures. (FEAP/PEC 1)

  13. Read, interpret, and explain standardized test data. (FEAP/PEC 1)

  14. Create lessons and assessments that promote higher order, critical, and creative thinking. (FEAP 4/PEC 4)

  15. Create a positive classroom environment to accommodate the various learning styles and cultural backgrounds of students. (LEP). (ESOL 18/PEC 14)

  16. Recognize indicators of learning disabilities, especially hearing and language impairment and limited English proficiency (LEP). (ESOL 25/PEC 14)

 Please proceed to Module Two