Fall 2021 - EDUC 320 E100

Instructional Psychology (3)

Class Number: 5268

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
    SRYC 3200, Surrey

  • Prerequisites:

    EDUC 220.



Examines theories of instruction and research about learning, motivation, individual differences, and social environments as foundations for designing instruction. Topics include: models of cognition; models of motivation and beliefs; metacognition, self-regulated learning, and learning skills; problem solving and transfer; cognitive processing models of instruction in mathematics, science, social studies, reading and composition.


This course deals with theories of instruction and research about learning and motivation as foundations for designing learning environments. It examines the psychological bases of instructional approaches. It focuses on both cognitive and sociocultural perspectives to human learning and development. Students learn about models of cognition; motivation and beliefs; self-regulated learning; critical thinking; and models of instruction.


At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain theories of learning and their application in various instructional contexts
  • Choose and apply learning theories to the design of instruction in a defined context
  • Analyze learning contexts using appropriate theories
  • Use instructional techniques in instructional planning and enactment


  • Discussion 25%
  • Midterm Reflection 5%
  • Final Reflection 10%
  • Case Study 25%
  • Instructional Design Paper 35%



There is no textbook for this course. Weekly readings will need to be downloaded from the SFU Library.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.