2013-2014 Schedule

Fall

Catalog No. Course Title Instructor Syllabus Days/Time Location
LRN_SCI 403 Foundations of the Learning Sciences Reiser, Rapp Tue 01:00PM - 04:00PM Annenberg Hall 345
LRN_SCI 410 Topics: Quantitative Methods 1 Schanzenbach Mon 09:00AM - 12:00PM Annenberg Hall G02
LRN_SCI 425 Introduction to Design for Learning Sciences Horn Wed 01:00PM - 04:00PM Annenberg Hall G02
LRN_SCI 451 Topics: Methods of Theory Development Sherin Thu 01:30PM - 04:30PM Annenberg Hall 317
LRN_SCI 451 Topics: Journal Club Rapp Tue 10:30AM - 12:00PM Annenberg Hall 317
LRN_SCI 451 Topics: Design of Inquiry-Based Learning Environments
In this seminar, GK-12 Fellows will explore relevant Learning Science research through readings and discussion to help contextualize their classroom experiences. The seminar focuses on conceptual change, model-based inquiry, curriculum design, assessment and learning performance design, and cultural impacts on learning and engagement. A final project consists of the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of a classroom investigation linked to each Fellow's graduate research. Registration for GK-12 Fellows only.
Jona Mon 03:00AM - 06:00AM Annenberg Hall 347
LRN_SCI 499 Independent Study in Learning Sciences
LRN_SCI 590 Research in Learning Sciences Sherin

Winter

Catalog No. Course Title Instructor Syllabus Days/Time Location
LRN_SCI 401 Knowledge Representation for Learning Sciences
Our concern, in the Learning Sciences, is with helping individuals to learn; we want to help them learn to engage in new tasks, and to understand things that they didn’t understand before. It is the assumption of this course that we will be in a better position to achieve these goals if we can somehow characterize the knowledge that individuals possess at any given time, and how this knowledge changes as they learn. The characterization of knowledge is the business of this course. We will explore the techniques of knowledge representation, primarily as practiced by cognitive scientists. Our goals in this regard are both theoretical and methodological. We will examine various theoretical perspectives on the nature of knowledge, and we will practice various methodological and analytical techniques for studying the knowledge possessed by individuals.
Sherin Thu 02:00AM - 05:00AM Annenberg Hall 317
LRN_SCI 427 Design of Learning Environments for Teachers
This course is an introduction to issues in the design, enactment, and study of innovative learning environments. The course concerns both the theory and practice of design. A crucial part of the design process is the way in which designs are taken up in the real world. This course is geared specifically towards teachers and their needs as designers. Oftentimes, teachers are given a designed curriculum and expected to make sense of and implement this design in their classroom. The way in which teachers adapt these artifacts to make them workable designs for their particular classroom situation is a primary focus of this course. In looking at how design becomes a reality in the classroom, teachers will consider implications of cognitive and social interaction learning theories for design. Throughout the course teachers will be applying these theories of design to a collaborative design project.
McGee Thu 05:00PM - 08:00PM Annenberg Hall G22
LRN_SCI 429 Design of Learning Environments
This course focuses on basic methods for designing instruction. In the first part of the course, you will conduct task analyses and student interviews to understand the knowledge, skills and dispositions learners must acquire and the learning challenges they face. Next we'll use basic interaction design methods like brainstorming, personas, scenarios and diagrams to generate and sketch possible instructional solutions. The later part of the course will focus on prototyping a lesson and lesson observation. The final task will be to design a research plan for testing a learning principle used in the design. By the end of the course you will be able to create more effective learning environments, to use research to inform design, and to develop research questions based on design.
Easterday Mon 09:00AM - 12:00PM Annenberg Hall 303
LRN_SCI 435 New Approaches to Science Teaching
This course will review current ideas about reforms in science education, drawing on recent research on science learning and instructional innovation, and on reform documents such as national standards. We will examine approaches that attempt to teach science throughout K-12 as a knowledge-building practice, i.e., by engaging in scientific investigations and participating in scientific practices such as argumentation, explanation, and working with scientific models. The course will provide experience in understanding student thinking, articulating learning goals, and analyzing and adapting curriculum materials in light of current research-based view of science learning. Fulfills an MSED requirement.
Reiser, Novak Thu 05:30PM - 08:30PM Annenberg Hall 345
LRN_SCI 451 Topics: Educational Policy Schanzenbach Thu 02:00PM - 05:00PM Annenberg Hall 303
LRN_SCI 451 Topics: Quantitative Methods II
This course is intended to be a continuation of the quantitative methods sequence that begins with Quantitative Methods I. The course will cover applied statistical methods, and will provide useful tools for students who intend to conduct their own statistical analyses, as well as those who want to become critical consumers of others' analyses. Topics to be covered include the use of data for descriptive and causal analyses, linear regression, experimental design, panel data methods, hierarchical linear models and instrumental variables. Coursework will include both problem solving and computer-based assignments that involve conducting data analysis and writing and communicating descriptions of statistical results.
Guryan Tue, Thu 09:00AM - 10:20AM Annenberg Hall 345
LRN_SCI 451 Topics: Discourse Analysis and the Sociocultural Study of Language and Literacy Lam Wed 02:00PM - 04:30PM Annenberg Hall 317
LRN_SCI 451 Topics: Field Methods
This course is designed to introduce students to qualitative research, including field work, document analysis, and interviewing. Students will explore qualitative research approaches by undertaking their own research study as well as reading and discussing relevant writing on the subject. The readings, topics for discussion, and assignments in this course center on three areas: (1) The epistemological underpinnings of approaches to qualitative research. (2) The practice of qualitative inquiry. Students will explore sampling strategies; research design; observation and interview techniques; and approaches to data analysis and data presentation. (3) Other key issues that researchers encounter in doing qualitative research, including ethics and social relationships in the context of field work.
Ispa-Landa Tue 02:00PM - 04:20PM Annenberg Hall 317
LRN_SCI 451 Topics: Journal Club
Journal Club supports you as you practice some of the skills that are crucial to reading current research articles for the purposes of building an argument that motivates or extends your own work. In addition to gleaning interesting new conceptual ideas from articles, this seminar focuses on how to identify underlying theoretical assumptions in research, critique methodologies, examine evidence in relation to claims, make sense of conclusions and implications of research. In addition, each week we take time to discuss the ways in which the article speaks to our own work - whether methodologically, theoretically, or even the direct findings to support or refute our research. All PhD students (2nd year and above), postdocs, and faculty are welcome and encouraged to attend. All that is required is for you to read the article each week and come prepared to discuss it.
Rapp Tue 11:00AM - 12:30PM Annenberg Hall 317
LRN_SCI 451 Topics: Organizations, Institutions and Society
This graduate seminar will introduce theories of institutional persistence and change in the context of public, private, and nonprofit settings. The course is organized as a seminar and will blend foundational studies in institutional theory with contemporary work, from sociology, organization sciences, education and nonprofit studies. An overarching theme of the course addresses how new practices and organizational forms spread (diffusion), how they stick (institutionalization) and how they take the form that they do (emergence). Topics covered will include accountability and performance; organizational learning; contemporary debates about social mechanisms, and micro-foundations of institutional theory. Ideally, this course will provide a platform for students to develop and advance their own research projects, in the form of a research proposal, for beginning doctoral students, or an empirical analysis for more advanced students.
Colyvas Wed 10:00AM - 01:00PM Annenberg Hall 303
LRN_SCI 451 Topics: Design of Inquiry-Based Learning Environments
In this seminar, GK-12 Fellows will explore relevant Learning Science research through readings and discussion to help contextualize their classroom experiences. The seminar focuses on conceptual change, model-based inquiry, curriculum design, assessment and learning performance design, and cultural impacts on learning and engagement. A final project consists of the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of a classroom investigation linked to each Fellow's graduate research. Registration for GK-12 Fellows only.
Jona Mon 03:00PM - 06:00PM Annenberg Hall 347
LRN_SCI 499 Independent Study in Learning Sciences Sherin
LRN_SCI 519 Responsible Conduct of Research Training
LRN_SCI 590 Research in Learning Sciences Sherin

Spring

Catalog No. Course Title Instructor Syllabus Days/Time Location
LRN_SCI 402 Social Dimensions of Teaching and Learning Lam Thu 02:00PM - 05:00PM Annenberg Hall 317
LRN_SCI 438 Teaching with Technology McGee Tue 05:00PM - 08:00PM Annenberg Hall 303
LRN_SCI 451 Topics: Advanced Qualitative Methods Spillane Wed 09:00AM - 12:00PM Annenberg Hall 303
LRN_SCI 451 Topics: Tangible Interaction Design & Learning Horn Wed 01:00PM - 04:00PM Annenberg Hall 303
LRN_SCI 451 Topics: Quantitative Methods III: Empirical Tools for Causal Quantitative Analysis Figlio Wed 09:00AM - 11:45AM Annenberg Hall 345
LRN_SCI 451 Topics: Design of Inquiry-Based Learning Environments Jona Mon 03:00PM - 06:00PM Annenberg Hall 317
LRN_SCI 451 Topics: Journal Club Rapp Tue 02:30AM - 04:00AM Annenberg Hall 317
LRN_SCI 451 Topics: Readings in Philosophy of Education Haroutunian-Gordon Wed 06:30PM - 09:30PM Annenberg Hall G02
LRN_SCI 468 Leading with Technology McGee Tue 05:00PM - 08:00PM Annenberg Hall 303
LRN_SCI 499 Independent Study in Learning Sciences
LRN_SCI 590 Research In Learning Sciences Sherin