Paper Topics and Ideas
The Psychology of Learning (EDS 502)

bookOnline Resources for Finding Online Lectures

There is ample Web video and audio content out there. Searching at Google or YouTube can be helpful, but begin your search as narrowly as you can (e.g., searching "learning theory" isn't nearly as productive as searching "B. F. Skinner").

      TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design): Ideas Worth Spreading - full of excellent
/  Learning Matters - Many videos and podcast on issues related to learning
      Graspr: Educational videos
/  iTunes U - Access hundreds of free university lectures online.
            [Note: You do not need to own an iPod to download iTunes.]
      Research Channel -
      A blogger's collection of science videos -
      Teacher's TV - [Free registration required.]
         National Public Radio -
      Video lectures on cognitive psychology [Free registration required.]
/   WGBH has many excllent online lectures in education and psychology.
/ - an interesting mix for your listening pleasure

Many universities and personal web sites also have lectures available. If you have certain theorists in mind, begin with a search of their own web page, department, or university. Here are a few sites that include audio/video media.

     OpenCulture - Free university and college podcasts
     Harvard University's Mind, Brain, and Behavior program -
     MITWorld -
     MITWorld Open Course Ware - This enables to you view courses and their content.
/  University of California Berkeley has audio and video lecture webcasts from many classes.
/  The work of Noam Chomsky.
        MIT Brain and Cognitive Science lectures

bookVirtual Lectures in Educational Psychology

 "The Science of Gender and Science," A debate between Steven Pinker
        and Elizabeth Spelke, May 2005 [note: this requires Real Video]
  Letters to a Young Teacher, Jonathan Kozol, October 2007
Watch Daniel Pink's interview with Malcolm Gladwell in Louisville, KY,
       February 2009.
 "Brain's Modality-Specific Systems," Dr. Lawrence Barsalou
 "Defining the Mind and Minding the Brain," Dr. Sophia Vinogradov
 "Why we don't have a good brain theory, why it is important, and what
        we can do about it
," Jeff Hawkins, 2003
    "The Moral Instinct," Dr. Steven Pinker, NPR, January 2008; and read the NYT Magazine
on which this interview is based
    A Degree or an Education? Podcast with Dr. Richard Hersh, hosted by Learning Matters
 "This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession," Dr. Daniel Levitin,
 "Genius: 2012," Malcolm Gladwell; [click this link for a links to all videos of Gladwell]
 "Why is Music So Significant?," University of Southern California, 2006
 "Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder," David
        Weinberger, May 2007
  Richard Dawkins: The Universe is Queerer Than We Can Suppose, July 2005
  A conversation between Howard Gardner and Steven Pinker, November 2002.
        [Right-click link and select "save file as" to download.]
 "Neurobiology of Memory: How do we acquire, consolidate, and recall memory,"
       Susumu Tonegawa, Nobel prize winning researcher from MIT, June 2003.
       [Right-click link and select "save file as" to download.]
 "The Cognitive Revolution at Fifty, Plus or Minus One: A Conversation with
       Jerome Bruner, Susan Carey, Noam Chomsky, and George Miller," April 2007.
 Author and psychologist Howard Gardner discusses his new book, Five Minds for the
, June 2007.
 "The Centrality of Culture to the Scientific Study of Learning and Development," Carol D. Lee,
       Wallace Foundation Distinguished Lecture, 2008 [lecture includes PowerPoint slides]
 Lessons Learned, Lessons to be Learned, Roland Barth, November 2006.
 Schools & Society: Educating Educators, Margaret McKenna, March 2003.
 Schools & Society: Assessing Success, Paul Reville, April 2003.
 Do Schools Kill Creativity? a talk by Ken Robinson, June 2006. [This video is only 19
       minutes long and will be watched with another video.]
 Can you learn to be creative? A panel of scholars discuss the issue (Mihaly
       Csikszentmihaly, John Kao, Gregory Benford, Robert Lawrence Kuhn, Rhoda Janzen, and
       Todd Siler).
 All Kinds of Minds, Mel Levine. Mixture of video and audio.
\ Many Children Left Behind, by Deborah Meier, Monty Neill, and Ted Sizer, April 2004.
\ The Evolution of Our Moral Intuitions, by Marc Hauser, April 2007.
\ Working Memory and Learning During School Years, Professor Sue Gathercole,
       University of Durham, December 2003.
\ Misunderstood Minds: Coping with Learning Problems, with Michael Kirk, Marina Kalb,
       Eugene D'Angelo, Andrea Weiss, and Madge Kaplan
\ Lectures from MIT's course, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, by Professor Jeremy Wolfe,
       Fall 2004.
\ Steven Pinker gives a lecture on his new book, The Stuff of Thought: Language as a
       Window Into Human Nature
, October 5, 2007.
\  Fires in the Bathroom, Kathleen Cushman, What Kids Can Do
  Jane Elliott: A Class Divided - powerful video on teacher expectations and labels
  How Do Children Learn? - a series of videos compiled by the U.S. Department of Education
  Two Million Minutes: A cross-cultural look at the journey of high school students in India, China,
       and the U.S.

bookAdditional Resources

Listed below are some of the big thinkers in psychology whose work might be of interest to you. Most of those listed specialize in information processing and cognitive psychology.

  • Michael Gazzaniga
  • Marvin Minksy
  • Daniel Goleman
  • Joseph LeDoux
  • Steven Pinker
  • Noam Chomsky
  • Herbert Simon
  • Jerry Fodor
  • Diane Halpern
  • Richard Dawkins
  • Stephen Jay Gould
  • Larry Cahill
  • Richard Atkinson
    • Antonio Damasio
    • Richard Mayer
    • Matt Ridley
    • Howard Bloom
    • Daniel Dennett
    • Allen Newell
    • George Lakoff
    • Alan Baddeley
    • David Berliner
    • Leon Festinger
    • Laura Novick
    • Rita Carter
    • Richard Shiffrin
    • Ulric Neisser
    • Lawrence Barsalou
    • Margo Mastropieri
    • Thomas Scruggs
    • Roger Azevedo
    • Jennifer Wiley
    • Endel Tulving
    • Larry Squire
    • Jerome Bruner
    • John Bransford
    • Oliver Sacks
    • V. S. Ramachandran
    • Leda Cosmides

    If you are having difficulty finding a lecture that suits you, you might try contacting a librarian at the UK Library. You might also find the Lexington Public Library a useful resource.

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    Motivation affects nearly every domain of human functioning. As you consider your literature review for this class, you might find it interesting to focus on one of these areas or on a controversial issue or question below. To see how to go about searching for peer-reviewed journal articles about your topic, watch this instructional video.

    book Topics in Motivation

    achievement in a school subject area
         (e.g., math, science, reading)

    bluesquare health behavior
         (e.g., eating, smoking, exercise)

    bluesquare resilience bluesquare counseling
    bluesquare happiness bluesquare teacher motivation
    bluesquare developmental trends in motivation bluesquare stereotype threat
    bluesquare career choice and pursuit bluesquare competition
    bluesquare success in college or graduate school bluesquare dissertation writing
    bluesquare perseverance in the face of setbacks bluesquare motivation in sports
    bluesquare group or collective motivation bluesquare personality
    bluesquare findings from neuroscience bluesquare standardized testing
    bluesquare creativity bluesquare self-control
    bluesquare child-rearing practices  

    book Peer-Reviewed Journals That Publish Motivation Studies (not exhaustive)

    Journal of Educational Psychology

    bluesquare Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

    bluesquare Contemporary Educational Psychology bluesquare Teaching and Teacher Education
    bluesquare Learning and Instruction bluesquare Journal of Educational Research
    bluesquare Journal of Experimental Education bluesquare Journal of Counseling Psychology
    bluesquare American Educational Research Journal bluesquare School Psychology Quarterly
    bluesquare Motivation and Emotion bluesquare Learning and Instruction
    bluesquare List of all APA journals. bluesquare List of other psychology journals.

    book Controversial Issues in Motivation and Education

      Use of extrinsic rewards in the classroom
      Effect of high-stakes assessments on student motivation
      Influence of competitive structures on learning
      Value of experiential learning
      Single-gender learning environments
      Influence of ability-level tracking on motivation and learning
      Implications of math between instruction and student learning styles
      Effect of grading practices on motivation
      Sensitivity of educational structures to the needs of culturally diverse learners
      Role of computers and technology in motivation and learning
      Benefit of cooperative learning structures
      Effect of homework practices on motivation and learning

    book Questions to Ponder in Motivation and Education

    • Does high self-esteem promote academic achievement?
    • Do rewards in school facilitate learning, or is the use of rewards in academic settings harmful
      to students?
    • Are cooperative learning environments superior to competitive learning environments?
    • Does the practice of mothers working in the labor force have a negative effect on their children's motivation and academic achievement?
    • Are there gender differences favoring boys in science and mathematics achievement and in science and mathematics self-beliefs?
    • Are there differences in the academic self-beliefs of African American students and academic self-beliefs of White students?
    • Are multiculturally-based curricular practices superior to traditional curricular practices in fostering the students' academic motivation?
    • Is the educational practice of mainstreaming superior to the traditional practice of tracking in developing and maintaining children's academic motivation?
    • Do teachers' expectations have any measureable effect on student motivation?
    • Do classroom teachers engage in instructional strategies and practices that favor boys over girls?
    • To what extent can differences between Asian and Western students' achievement in mathematics be attributed to motivation?
    • Is parental involvement in schooling a causal factor in children's motivation?
    • Do all children possess an innate desire to learn?
    • Do teachers' beliefs influence their instructional practices?
    • Do schools and other educational institutions possess a "climate" or collective essence that either fosters or hinders student motivation and academic achievement?
    • What are the primary reasons for students' lack of academic motivation in school?
    • How do children learn from models?
    • Do individuals have free will?

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