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Education Evaluation and Diagnosis

November 14, 2004

Galanter, Eugene
Education Evaluation and Diagnosis

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While many seem to think his Science of Psych course is boring and deficient, the small seminar setting of his Education Eval. course really brings out the humor, interest and genius of this professor. It was really touching and encouraging to hear that after a full and amazing lifetime ( I won't spoil any stories for those intending to take this class, but boy does he have some great ones) he has decided that the most important thing to do in life is to try and figure out how to teach others correctly. While he by no means attempts to say he knows how this is to be done, the class is all about researching and exploring different measurements and techniques to try and get closer to determining the "correct" way of teaching from birth on, touching on issues such as socio-economic, gender, race differences, IQ and "intelligence." If you are at all interested in going into the education field as a teacher or policy maker I would highly recommend this class as one of the best I have taken in the Psychology department at Columbia.

Workload:

One "take-home" midterm that is pretty hard but doesn't count for a whole lot more than making sure you are reading articles he assigns and understanding concepts and statistics. One long paper due at the end on an education topic of your choice.

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