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Foundations of Psychology in Education
||Available in 2022/23
||X101 Primary Education
||X1C8 Education Studies - Psychology
||X1F8 Education Studies - Geography
||X305 Education Studies
||LMV0 Combined Honours in Social Sciences
||LA01 Liberal Arts
||X102 Primary Education (with Year Abroad)
||XL33 Education Studies - Sociology
Excluded Combination of Modules
- To develop a foundation for a scientific understanding of psychological principles, processes and theories in education.
- The module introduces key theories and ideas about how people learn.
- Learning is conceptualised as a complex, non-linear process of within-person change in mental processes and behaviour; a process that is impacted by the complex interplay between person and contextual factors.
- Key psychological principles involved in learning are introduced and discussed.
- Both, cognitive and non-cognitive person characteristics are considered in relation to learning.
- Implications for education will be discussed.
- Knowledge and understanding of some important theories, related constructs and processes of cognition, motivation and emotion in relation to learning.
- Knowledge of a range of internal and external factors which might influence the development and formation of these concepts and processes, and an initial understanding of the implications for learning and the optimisation of teaching.
- An understanding of the significance and limitations of psychological research in education.
- Students will develop an understanding of, and be able to, evaluate and reflect on their own learning experience.
- To interrogate the assumptions underpinning theory and research in relation to learning.
- Communicate ideas, principles and theories effectively orally and in written form.
- Manage time and work to deadlines.
- Construct and sustain a reasoned argument.
- Evaluate and make use of information from a variety of primary and secondary sources.
Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to
the learning outcomes of the module
- Students will be introduced to a range of psychological theories relating to learning. Students will have opportunities during the seminars to engage in discussion about the central constructs and ideas and to deepen their understanding developed through individual and group work activities.
Teaching Methods and Learning Hours
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Practice exam questions
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