BSc Education

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Psychology of Learning

Course unit fact file
Unit code EDUC21740
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Education
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

The unit will:

·         Explore the relevance of psychological theory for individual learning and assessment (cognitive and social development, competing understandings of intelligence and self efficacy and motivation)

·         Illustrate how specific educational approaches are underpinned by psychological theories of learning (eg Piaget, Vygotsky, Bronfenbrenner, Bandura)

Adopt a critical approach in examining how research evidence is used to promote specific pedagogical practices

Aims

This unit aims to address classic questions in how people think and learn and how individual, social and cultural factors interact in human development.  In reviewing how psychological theory and research has influenced educational thinking, the unit will illustrate both the unique contribution of psychology in educational studies and its connections to other disciplines within the field.

Learning outcomes

Category of outcome

Upon completion of the unit, students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

·         Understand selected, significant psychological theories and research and their impact on educational practices

·         Appreciate the quality of evidence in psychological research and the validity of its use in supporting educational policies and practices

Intellectual skills

·         Adopt a questioning attitude in the discussion of psychological/educational theory

·         Reflect on the implicit values underpinning particular educational approaches

Practical skills

·         Use a wide range of resources to identify, select and critically analyse psychological concepts and evidence to respond to problems posed within the course

·         Present and interpret numerical and verbal data

Transferable skills and personal qualities

·         Demonstrate the ability to take initiative and conduct independent study on a specific topic within the psychology of education

 

Teaching and learning methods

Interactive lectures supported by discussion of selected readings and the University’s Virtual Learning Environment

Knowledge and understanding

  • Understand selected, significant psychological theories and research and their impact on educational practices
  • Appreciate the quality of evidence in psychological research and the validity of its use in supporting educational policies and practices

Intellectual skills

  • Adopt a questioning attitude in the discussion of educational theory
  • Reflect on the implicit values underpinning particular educational approaches

Practical skills

  • Use a wide range of resources to identify, select and organise psychological concepts and evidence to respond to problems posed within the course
  • Present and interpret numerical and verbal data

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Demonstrate the ability to take initiative and conduct independent study on a specific topic within the psychology of education

Assessment methods

Assessment task

Weighting within unit

1 x 2000 word assignment – Week 12

50%

1 x 2000 word assignment  - drawing on formative feedback from assignment 1

50%

 

Feedback methods

Online via Blackboard

Recommended reading

READING LIST

Goodman, S (ed.) (2010) Educational Psychology Reader: the art and science of how people learn New York: Peter Lang

Hick, P, Farrell, P, Kershner, R (2009) Psychology for inclusive education: new directions in theory and practice London: Routledge

Ireson, J (2008) Learners, learning and educational activity  London: Routledge 

Wheldall, K (2010) Developments in educational psychology (2nd ed.) London : Routledge

Woolfolk Hoy, A (2007) Educational Psychology (10th edition) Boston, Mass: Pearson Allyn and Bacon

 

 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 30
Independent study hours
Independent study 170

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Laura Black Unit coordinator

Additional notes

 

Activity

Hours Allocated

Staff/student contact

2.5 hours per week = 30 hours

Private study

45

Directed reading

50

Assessed work

75

Total

200

 

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