Individual and group learning

psyc 620

The primary goal of the Learning and Cognition Handbook assignment is  to integrate concepts from the discipline of learning and cognitive  psychology into a usable and professional guide that is designed for a  specific audience based on your career goals. The purpose of this  handbook is to share helpful strategies and apply what you have learned  from the course to six major topics in the field. You will incorporate  your findings from required sources and the relevant sources you  researched in the Week 2 Discipline-Based Literature Review, as well as  those from the Week 3 Assignment: Choosing Your Focus.

To complete this assignment, you may utilize the Learning and Cognition Handbook template  or create your own using the template as a guide. Your handbook should  include the sections listed below, incorporating a minimum of one visual  (e.g., table, figure, or image (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.)  with a maximum of five visuals per section. Each image must be  retrieved and cited based on current copyright laws. You may wish to use  the Where to Get Free Images guide for assistance with accessing freely available public domain and/or Creative Commons licensed images.

Handbook Sections:

Table of Contents
List all sections and subsections included in the handbook with the applicable page numbers.

Preface (100 to 150 words)
Provide an overview of the handbook and its potential use by your chosen audience.

Introduction to the Major Topics (200 to 300 words)
Provide  an introductory summary of the six topics listed below and discuss any  careers in psychology specifically related to at least one of them:

  • Traditional learning theories: Operant and classical conditioning
  • Traditional learning theories: Behaviorism and social learning theory
  • Attention and memory
  • Decision-Making
  • Language acquisition
  • Organizational and lifelong learning

Describe how one or more of these areas may be connected to your future career goals.

Major Topics (1 to 2 pages for each major topic)
Communicate  the extent to which the six major topics of learning and cognition  affect related sub-topics by synthesizing the course learning principles  and/or theories. Consider how these sub-topics may be related to your  future career goals. For instance, if you intend to become an applied  behavior analyst, behaviorism and related technique for learning may be  directly connected to your future role. For each major topic, apply  basic research methods and skeptical inquiry to explain the theoretical  perspectives and empirical research that substantiate the relationship  between the topic and at least two related sub-topics. In your review,  consider how these topic and sub-topics are directly connected to  evaluations and interventions in psychology practice in various fields.  Focus on the areas most related to your future area of practice, paying  particular attention to how theories are examined in research studies.  The following are some sub-topics to consider:

  • Comprehension
  • Operant and classical conditioning
  • Behaviorism
  • Social learning theory
  • Problem solving
  • Memory development/retention
  • Lifelong learning
  • Individual and group learning
  • Organizational learning
  • Mentorship
  • Apprenticeship models of learning
  • Effects of demographic differences (e.g., gender, socioeconomics, religious affiliation, race) on learning

Although creative liberties are encouraged, all information  incorporated should be supported and professionally presented through  the consistent application of ethical principles and adherence to  professional standards of learning and cognition psychology as applied  to the chosen audience.

Conclusion (200 to 300 words)
Summarize the  importance of the topics within the learning and cognition domain and  their applicability within the psychology profession for the chosen  audience.

Attention Students: The Masters of Arts in Psychology program is  utilizing the Pathbrite portfolio tool as a repository for student  scholarly work in the form of signature assignments completed within the  program. After receiving feedback for this Learning and Cognition  Handbook, please implement any changes recommended by the instructor,  and go to Pathbrite (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. to upload the revised Learning and Cognition Handbook to the portfolio. (Use the Pathbrite Quick-Start Guide  to create an account if you do not already have one.) The upload of  signature assignments will take place after completing each course. Be  certain to upload revised signature assignments throughout the program  as the portfolio and its contents will be used in other courses and may  be used by individual students as a professional resource tool. See the Pathbrite (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. website for information and further instructions on using this portfolio tool.

The Learning and Cognition Handbook

  • Must be 12 to 15 pages in length (see instructions and rubric for each section and sub-topic) following the Learning and Cognition Handbook template as a guide. Although a handbook differs from a written paper, all citations and references must be formatted according to APA style (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a title page with the required information from the handbook template:
    • Title of handbook
    • Student’s name
    • Institution’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must use at least six scholarly sources in addition to the required resources.
    • The Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.  table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you  have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this  assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the  final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a  particular assignment.
  • Must include the sections and subsections required as indicated in the handbook template.
  • Must address the topics with critical thought and substantiated assertions.
  • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
  • Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
 

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