Advanced Learning Theory and Research – EDUC 701

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

Current findings and research in learning theory are examined, including research about classroom management, learning, motivation, diversity, exceptionalities, assessment, and teaching. Discussion, analysis of cases, examination of personal experiences in schools, cooperative projects, and other activities will also be included.

Note: 700 level courses are only for students enrolled in the Ed.S. or Ed.D. program

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


In order to become an effective educational leader in a diversified society, the candidate must be able to understand current theories and research in the field of educational learning theory. This exploration will include an emphasis on child development, learning, teaching strategies, assessment, diversity, exceptionalities, motivation, at-risk students, and classroom management.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:

  1. Apply principles of effective instruction to improve instructional practices and curricular materials through class discussion, application of readings, and the analysis of journal literature in educational learning theory.
  2. Use appropriate research strategies to promote an environment for improved student achievement by conducting an analysis of the affordances for and hindrances to student learning and motivation in a school.
  3. Promote the best practices for student learning through the knowledge of theory and research on learning, cognition, and memory, including information processing, cognitive, and constructivist perspectives.
  4. Apply knowledge, dispositions, and performances necessary for assessing learning environments and implementing context-appropriate strategies.
  5. Apply a biblical worldview to the analysis of the literature reviews, readings, and research in educational learning theory.
  6. Synthesize research into a limited literature review supporting an approved research question and using a designated style guide.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview. 

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate will participate in two Discussions. Each discussion will be completed in two parts: At least 400 words addressing the provided prompt and 2 replies at least 200 words each to other classmates’ threads. All writing must follow current APA format, including in-text citations and references. (MLO: A, E)

Course Project

Identify a Problem

The candidate will identify a problem in education that is significant to teaching and learning. The candidate will then write a 750–1000-word paper on the problem explaining what the problem is, what led to the problem, the importance of the problem, steps that have been taken to address the problem, and a biblical worldview perspective. (MLO: B, C, D, E)

Research Question and Outline

The candidate will compose a quality research question related to a specific educational problem (student learning and motivation) upon which he/she can build a Final Paper. The instructor will evaluate and comment on the candidate’s submitted question to help ensure its quality and usability. The student will also include an outline of their proposed course project final paper with this assignment. (MLO: F)

Annotated Bibliographies (3)

Using the question developed previously, the student will create an annotated bibliography that will serve as the research foundation of the final paper. The annotated bibliography will be written in current APA format, including at least 5 scholarly sources that address the problem identified. Each source citation must be followed by a 150–200-word annotation. This annotated bibliography will be the research foundation for the final paper. (MLO: F)

Final Paper Draft

The candidate will create a draft of the final paper following the instructions for the Course Project: Final Paper. The draft will be submitted through Turnitin to enable the candidate to ensure all references are properly cited. Additionally, the candidate will receive instructor feedback on the draft that he/she can incorporate in the final paper. (MLO: B, C, D, E, F)

Final Paper

The candidate will write a 3,000–3,500-word paper in current APA format building upon the Problem, the Research Question, and the Annotated Bibliography. The paper must include a minimum of 10 scholarly sources, 6 of which must be current (within the past 5 years), that must be empirical, peer-reviewed journal articles or information from published scholarly books. The candidate must synthesize all of the research into a well-blended paper that clearly addresses the problem, research question, provides insight into best practices/strategies to address the problem, improve the learning environment, and improve student achievement and motivation. The final paper will be submitted to Canvas. (MLO: B, C, D, E, F)

Quiz: APA

There will be a 25-question current APA Manual quiz for the candidate to complete after he/she has reviewed the manual readings. The quiz will be open-book/open-notes, and the candidate will be given 120 minutes to complete the quiz. (MLO: F)

Quizzes (5)

There will be a 20-question quiz for the candidate to complete after he/she has reviewed the chapter readings. The quiz will be open-book/open-notes, and the candidate will be given 120 minutes to complete the quiz. (MLO: B, C, D)