This course addresses psychological and developmental issues of elementary-aged children. Teachers will gain an understanding of theoretical perspectives and current research findings, and they will be expected to be able to discuss applications to the classroom. The course will emphasize the child's developmental stages and the child's ecological context, with particular emphasis on the family. Psychological issues including individual differences, learning styles, self-esteem, self-concept and expectations will also be addressed. Finally, specific topics, such as the integration of special needs students into the classroom, will be discussed. Readings for the course will include a text on educational psychology, case studies, and journal articles. In addition to discussion of the readings, students are expected to present material from their own classroom experiences, and to participate in cooperative discussion and problem solving as we analyze and respond to the readings and the experiences from the classroom. The major foci of the course will be theory and research, case studies, and applications in the classroom.