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Summer Scholars


Course 1 and 2: Psychology of Learning and Motivation

This course provides an overview on human learning and development. It focuses on important issues in education and the ways in which people learn. This course provides students with an introduction in effective learning. It examines important issues in motivation, identity, morality, health, critical thinking, scientific/mathematical thinking and problem solving, and other aspects of our lives. It examines an essential question of what motivates human behavior and why we do the things we do. This course explores the work of important educational researchers such as Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, John Dewey, Howard Gardner, Erik Erikson, James Marica, Lawrence Kohlberg, Abraham Maslow, Urie Bronfenbrenner, and George Polya.

Course 3 and 4: Discovering Psychology

This course introduces the student to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Modern psychology is broad in scope and rich in detail. The topics in this course have been chosen to provide a representative sample of important areas of active interest in psychology today. Topics include: introduction and research methods, neurosciences and biological foundations, sensation and perception, learning, memory, lifespan development, motivation and emotion, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, and social psychology.