Murray State Psychology Students ‘Bring Learning to Life’ with Young Children
MURRAY, Ky. — Students in Dr. Amanda Joyce’s Lifespan Development (PSY 260) course are participating in a Murray State Bring Learning to Life Mini-Grant project this semester. The mini-grants are competitive awards funded by MSU’s Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and are designed to support learning experiences in which students apply principles learned in the classroom to a real-world setting. Dr. Joyce, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, received a grant to enable the students in her spring semester Lifespan course to use their knowledge of lifespan developmental theories and research to determine and purchase developmentally-appropriate toys for local area children. Students in the class travelled to three local-area childcare facilities during the week of March 27th to present these toys to the facilities. Children, faculty, and staff at Busy Bees, the Head Start Willis Center, and the Head Start Ruby Simpson Center received gifts of electronics, blocks, books, dolls, modelling clay, and more. Dr. Joyce’s MSU students took time to speak with members of these child care facilities about why they chose the toys that they did, and the students also wrote papers on the same subject. “I’m thrilled that students have had the opportunity to apply what they are learning in class in a way that is both fun and beneficial to the local community,” Dr. Joyce says. “This project truly allowed the students to ‘Bring Learning to Life’ such that they could see the ways in which their psychological knowledge has the real-world benefit of helping those around them.”
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Photo: Murray State University students in Amanda Joyce’s lifespan development course through the Department of Psychology are participating in a Bring Learning to Life MiniGrant project this semester. Students are using their knowledge of lifespan developmental theories and research to determine developmentally-appropriate toys for local area children. Students traveled to three childcare facilities the week of March 27 to present these toys.