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23-Aug Information Processing, Behaviorism, and Piaget

Bransford et al., Chapter 1 - Learning: From Speculation to Science (pp. 1-16)

Eagleman, D. (2007). 10 Unsolved Mysteries of the Brain. Discover Magazine.


30-Aug Vygotsky, Social Constructivism

Brown, J. S., Collins, A., & Duguid, P. (1989). Situated Cognition and the Culture of Learning. Educational Researcher, 18(1), 32-42.

Jonassen, D.H. (1991). Objectivism versus constructivism: Do we need a new philosophical paradigm? Educational Technology Research and Development, 47(1), 61-79.


6-Sep Labor Day


13-Sep Motivation

Bransford et al., Chapter 3 - Learning and Transfer (pp. 39-66)

Ames, C. (1992). Classrooms: Goals, structures, and student motivation. Journal of Educational Psychology, 84, 261-271.


20-Sep Situated Cognition, Cognitive Apprenticeships

Bransford et al., Chapter 2 - How Experts Differ from Novices (pp. 17-38)

Collins, A. (2006). Cognitive apprenticeship. In R. K. Sawyer (Eds.) The Cambridge handbook of the learning sciences (pp. 47-60). New York: Cambridge University Press.


27-Sep Scaffolding, Modeling, Articulation and Reflection

Bransford et al., Chapter 4 - How Children Learn (pp. 67-101)

Palincsar, A. S., & Brown, A. L. (1984). Reciprocal teaching of comprehension-fostering and comprehension-monitoring activities. Cognition and Instruction, 2, 117-175.


4-Oct Problem-based Instruction

Hmelo-Silver, C. E. (2004). Problem-based learning: What and how do students learn? Educational Psychologist Review, 16(3), 235-266.

Bransford et al., Chapter 7 - Effective Teaching: Examples in History, Mathematics, and Science (pp. 143-177)


11-Oct Constructionism, Learning by Design, Project-based Education

Bransford et al., Chapter 6 - The Design of Learning Environments (pp. 117-142)

Papert, S. (1991). Situating constructionism. In I. Harel & S. Papert (Eds.), Constructionism (pp. 1-14). Hillsdale. NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.


18-Oct Cooperative Learning

Johnson, D. W., & Johnson, R. T. (2004). Cooperation and the use of technology (pp. 785-811). In D. Jonassen (Eds.), Handbook of research on educational communications and technology (2nd ed). New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.




29-Nov Connectivism

Bransford et al., Chapter 10 - Conclusions and Recommendations for Research (pp. 219-240) ????

Stop Paying Attention - Mind & Brain/Discover Magazine Article (brief)