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Cognitive Studies in Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Cognitive Studies in Education

In the Department of Human Development

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Course Listing

Department Courses:

Please check the Class Schedule or contact the department for specific course availability for each semester:

HUDK 4015 Psychology of thinking
Examines cognitive psychology theories and research about various kinds of thinking, what each kind is best suited for, and problems people have with it. Also examines the best ways of learning from each kind of thinking. Critically examines the various thinking skills curricula that have been proposed.
Instructor(s): John Black, Saadia Khan

HUDK 4027 Development of mathematical thinking
The development of informal and formal mathematical thinking from infancy through childhood with implications for education.
Instructor(s): Herbert Ginsburg

HUDK 4029 Human cognition and learning
Cognitive and information-processing approaches to attention, learning, language, memory, and reasoning. Fee: $20.
Instructor(s): John Black, Catherine Chase, Alyse Hachey, Saadia Khan, Barbara Tversky

HUDK 4030 Cognitive clinical interview
Introduction to the cognitive clinical interview and exploration of how it has and can be used in psychological and educational research and assessment.
Instructor(s): Herbert Ginsburg

HUDK 4035 Technology and human development
Examines the use and design of various educational technologies (computer software, multimedia shareware, TV, World Wide Web sites, etc.) from the perspective of basic research and theory in human cognitive and social development. Provides a framework for reasoning about the most developmentally appropriate uses of technology for people at different ages.
Instructor(s): John Black

HUDK 4080 Educational psychology
Examines landmark issues in educational psychology, highlighting philosophical underpinnings and empirical evidence, tracing each issue from its roots to contemporary debates and evaluating current educational practice.
Instructor(s): Catherine Chase, Joanna Williams

HUDK 4902 Research and independent study
Permission required.

HUDK 5020 The development of creativity
Major theories and contemporary research in creative work, emphasizing case studies of exceptional and historically influential individuals.
Instructor(s): Michael Hanson

HUDK 5023 Cognitive development
Theory and research on the development of cognitive processes across the lifespan.
Instructor(s): Deanna Kuhn

HUDK 5025 Spatial thinking
Analyzes research on how people learn, mentally represent, mentally transform, describe, and act on the spaces they encounter. Mental models of and transformations of space underlie the way people think about abstract domains, so thought about space has implications for thought in general. Implications for education and HCI are considered.
Instructor(s): Barbara Tversky

HUDK 5030 Visual explanations
Surveys production and comprehension of visualizations ranging from ancient cave paintings and petroglyphs to diagrams, charts, graphs, comics, picture books, photographs, gesture, and film to extract and apply techniques for conveying objects, actions, forces relations, and emotions, meanings that are both inherently visible and non-visible. Implications for education, art, media, and HCI are drawn.
Instructor(s): Barbara Tversky

HUDK 5035 Psychology of media
Covers psychological theories and research that relate to various media and what people learn directly and indirectly from them.

HUDK 5090 Psychology of language and reading
Basic theories, empirical findings, and educational applications in the psychology of language and reading: the cognitive processes involved in the perception and production of oral and written language.
Instructor(s): Joanna Williams

HUDK 5120 Development of creativity: The case study method

Prerequisite: HUDK 5020 is recommended.  Seminar focusing on the case study method for understanding the principles and concepts underlying creative individuals and their products.


Instructor(s): Michael Hanson

HUDK 5197 Psychology of training in e-learning and industry
The design, conduct, and evaluation of training in closed systems. A critical review of available methods for task analysis, formative development, and the creation of performance aids. Special fee: $15.
Instructor(s): David Guralnick

HUDK 5324 Research work practicum
Students learn research skills by participating actively in an ongoing faculty research project.
Instructor(s): John Black, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Herbert Ginsburg

HUDK 6095 Critical review of current journals in psychology
Limited to candidates in psychology; others by permission. Critical review of current journals in psychology and education, analysis of articles, discussion of general trends in current theoretical and research literature, and guidance in preparing manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Instructor(s): Joanna Williams

HUDK 6523 Seminar in cognitive development
Permission required. Advanced topics in research and theory in cognitive development.
Instructor(s): Deanna Kuhn

HUDK 6530 Seminar in theoretical issues in cognitive and educational psychology
Permission required. Limited to doctoral candidates in psychology.
Instructor(s): John Black

HUDK 6539 Research practicum in educational psychology, cognition, and learning
Permission required. Limited to doctoral candidates in psychology.
Instructor(s): John Black, Catherine Chase

HUDK 6902 Advanced research and independent study
Permission required.

HUDK 7502 Dissertation seminar
Permission required. Development of doctoral dissertation and presentation of plans for approval. Registration limited to two terms.
Instructor(s): John Black

HUDK 8901 Dissertation advisement - Human cognition and learning

Individual advisement on doctoral dissertation. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. See catalog section on Continuous Registration for Ed.D./Ph.D. degrees.