Spring 2022 - EDUC 829 G001

Contemporary Issues in Learning and Developmental Disorders (3)

Class Number: 1726

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM



Selective issues important and current in the fields of learning and developmental disorders are examined in depth. The objective is to enable students to master a significant body of knowledge in these areas and to identify areas of interest.


The course is divided into two main parts that parallel the structure of the textbook.  First, the scientific literature that is foundational to describing the etiology and behavioral aspects of learning disorders in general is reviewed. Second, a focus is placed on describing specific learning disorders using this perspective.  Throughout the course, inclusive education policy and practice is discussed in relation to these scientific foundations. 

Each week will involve discussion of the course readings and activities assigned.  You are expected to participate in online discussions that take place during the week as well as come to class prepared to continue these discussions on zoom with your group and others in the class.  You may also be asked to review websites and/or complete activities at home in preparation for online or in-class zoom discussion.


  • Class Participation: Participation in weekly class discussions; co-facilitator ofdiscussion; peer review activities for term paper 50%
  • Final Paper 50%



Pennington, Bruce F., McGrath, Lauren, Peterson, Robin, L. (2019). Diagnosing Learning Disorders: from Science to Practice (3rd Ed.) New York: Guilford Press.

Identifiers: LCCN 2018052173 | ISBN 9781462537914 (hardback) | ISBN 9781462545940 (paperback)

ISBN: 9781462545940

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this 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).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

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 spring 2022 term.