This course focuses on the study and application of psychological principles related to the effective teaching and learning of school age students.  This is an introductory course upon which other courses in the education major will build.  As such it uses a theory to practice format in which students study/learn foundational educational theories about how students develop and learn and how teachers use knowledge of those processes to design and implement effective teaching.  The major topics of study include child/adolescent development (physical, socio-emotional, and cognitive including moral and language), the influence of environment on learning (culture included), memory and information processing, learning theories (constructivism, behavioral, motivational), and application of theory to the practice of instruction and assessment.