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Undergraduate Course: Cognitive and Social Child Development in Education (EDUA10150)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course builds on the developmental psychology concepts introduced in Education 1A. It will provide students with an overview of current psychological theories and research on cognitive and social child development. Throughout the course the links between psychological research and theories of children's development and educational policy and practice will be discussed. The course will encourage students to critically evaluate psychology theory and research, and to take an evidence-based approach to understanding how psychology can inform education. Research methods, the process of conducting child development research, and the ethical issues involved will also be discussed. In this way, the course will link with some of the material covered in Education 4. Students will be encouraged to reflect on how they can use their knowledge of child development to enhance their practice in engaging children in learning and supporting children's social development. Throughout the course the emphasis will be on understanding the child within their home, social and cultural contexts. The course team and invited guest speaker bring together research expertise in cognitive and social development, atypical development, school transitions and educational psychology. Throughout the course they will draw on their own research to highlight the important connections between psychological research and educational practice.
Course description The course will be divided into nine sessions, each focusing on a different aspect of child development and the links between psychological theory and primary education. The sessions will review research evidence in each of the following areas: Early child development and developmental psychology research methods; theories of cognitive development, memory and learning, domain-specific cognition and education; theory of mind development; social identity development; friendships, peer relations and bullying in schools; puberty and the transition to secondary school. The final class will involve individual presentations and an assignment clinic.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Text books
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 27, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 169 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course components will be assessed by a 4000 word assignment.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of the course students will be able to:

1.Demonstrate an understanding of a range psychological theories and research on cognitive and social child development
2.Critically evaluate developmental psychology research
3.Critically reflect on the applications of psychological theories and research to education
4.Apply developmental psychology insights to the analysis of specific professional problems and actions
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The course will provide students with an understanding of a range of developmental psychology theories and demonstrate their relevance to primary school education. This knowledge will provide insights into the professional practice of classroom teaching and encourage a reflective approach to future practice.
KeywordsChild Development, Education, Psychology
Course organiserDr Katie Cebula
Tel: (0131 6)51 6463
Course secretaryMiss Jenna Mcculloch
Tel: (0131 6)51 6012
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