Welcome: Session 1
Introductions: Who are we? How did we
Professor Alison Wishard Guerra
Graduate Student Reader Kathline Gomes
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Syllabus: Review, questions?
Class attendance and participation is
REQUIRED and included in your grade.
This class is organized around active
participation in class and in group
There will be weekly in class writing (not
Two individual Response Papers (Graded)
Two Team Projects (Graded on an
You will be required to meet with your
team in and outside of class time. If you
Required Text Book: Byrnes (2008).
Cognitive Development and Learning in
Available in the UCSD Book store or online
Additional required readings on TED in
folder called “Readings and Resources”
You are expected to complete ALL
required readings PRIOR to class.
You are expected to bring your book and
other required reading with you to class.
Attendance: Required attendance to all
class sessions. If are ill please send me
an email in advance.
Use of technology: You may use
computers or ipads for LEARNING
activities. Take all personal
Readings: Complete all readings before
class. Come prepared to discuss and
share your ideas.
Check your email regularly, as in every
In Class work must be completed in
class, no exceptions
Participation in Class
In Class Work
Team Projects1 and 2
What is Cognitive Development?
What do teachers need to know about
How are children’s cognitive skills reflected in
their play, work, and talk? (ways to assess &
support cognitive skills)
What contexts support cognitive development
and problem solving and for who?
Does schooling change cognitive
How is cognitive development related to later
What is Cognitive
Cognitive – focus on mental processes
language, memory, attention, problemsolving, decision-making, self-regulation, executive function, motivation
Development – cognitive processes change
with age and experience
Education - organized learning
Disciplinary ways of knowing and doing
Math, science, arts
Mediated by language and literacy
New learning is actively built on
prior knowledge and experiences.
What are the cognitive processes involved?
Main themes of this course
Problem solving and transfer
Intelligence, aptitude and expertise
‘higher order’ thinking
Who are you and what is your prior
knowledge and interest in cognitive
Who am I?
Alison Wishard Guerra
BA (UCSC): Psychology and Latin American
MA/PhD (UCLA): Education: Applied
Lived and studied in Central and South
Child Development Researcher
UCSD Professor in Education Studies
PAL course on Early Childhood Education
Doctoral course in Teaching and Learning EdD
Research on early education & development
CDE consultant on Cultural Diversity and
English Language Development in Early
Who are you?
Introduce yourself to your table:
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