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Undergraduate Course: Educational Psychology (LLLI07012)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis is a for-credit course offered by the Office of Lifelong Learning (OLL); only students registered with OLL should be enrolled.

What makes us educable? What factors are involved in education? What are the barriers personal and social to attainment? What are the forms and purposes of assessment? These are some of the questions addressed in this introductory course about the theory and practice of psychology in education.
Course description 1. What is educational psychology and what contribution can it make to education and psychology. Cognitive development: the legacies of Piaget and Vygotsky.
2. Cognitive development continued: the role of play.
3. Learning in school and adulthood: approaches to learning; learning styles; meta-cognition; multiple intelligences.
4. Motivation: defining motivation; some theories of motivation; reasons for underachievement.
5. Assessment and evaluation in practice and research: why and how it is done; uses and limitations.
6. Theories of instruction: comparisons and evaluations.
7. Technology, peers and learning: delivering content or new affordances for quality learning?
8. Language and learning: is language acquisition the same as learning language and concepts?
9. Learning difficulties and special needs: a spectrum of needs and issues of inclusion.
10. Support for learning: can educational psychology help? What have we learned?
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  10
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 78 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Open Studies 10 credit courses have one assessment. Normally, the assessment is a 2000 word essay, worth 100% of the total mark, submitted by week 12. To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 40%. There are a small number of exceptions to this model which are identified in the Studying for Credit Guide.
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course the student should be able to:
Describe the principles underlying the theory and practice of educational psychology;
Identify the factors contributing to effective education;
Understand the potential barriers to effective learning;
Evaluate current practices in education, including assessment;
Apply the principles of this course to their own educational experience and that of and others.
Reading List
Stapleton, M., 2001. Psychology in Practice: Education. London: Hodder.
Additional Information
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Special Arrangements Please contact Reception to arrange a confidential appointment with our Student Guidance Advisor if you feel you have specific study requirements to enable you to study an Open Studies course or complete assessments. Giving us this information will enable us to make arrangements to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.
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Course organiserMr James Mooney
Tel: (0131 6)50 3077
Course secretaryMrs Sabine Murdoch
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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