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Postgraduate Course: Psychology of Learning and Teaching (EDUA11354)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course introduces a range of concepts and theories from psychology and education that describe how children, adolescents and students develop, learn and study. It examines research and psychological theories of learning, different approaches to teaching and learning, factors that influence them, and some implications for classroom practice. It explores potential obstacles to learning and ways of overcoming them, in order to meet learners' needs.
Course description In particular, the course will cover:
- The beginnings of learning
- Theories of learning, from Piaget, Vygotsky and Bruner.
- Types of learning, including formal and informal learning
- Assessment of, for and as learning
- Learning in adolescence
- Motivation and goal theory
- Obstacles to learning
It is grounded within the psychological research literature and students are encouraged throughout to engage with research findings. By the end of the course, students should have comprehensive knowledge of learning and the ability to critically analyse research literature.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 15/01/2018
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course will be assessed through two components: a group presentation (20% of final grade) and a 3000 word essay (80% of final grade).
Feedback Prior to essay submission, students will receive feedforward guidance on their presentations and on possible approaches to their essay.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. critically discuss theories of learning, and their relationship to teaching
  2. analyse and evaluate examples of teaching and learning
  3. understand theoretical applications in teaching and implications for practice
  4. critically consider the relationship between pedagogy and assessment
  5. gain awareness of recent developments in teaching and learning
Reading List
Blakemore. S. & Frith, U. (2005). The Learning Brain. Blackwell.

Deci, E. & Ryan, R. (1995). Needs satisfaction and the self-regulation of learning. Learning and Individual Differences, Vol. 8 (3).

Irving, S. E., Harris, L., & Peterson, E. (2011). One assessment doesn't serve all the purposes, or does it? New Zealand teachers describe assessment and feedback. Asia Pacific Educ. Rev. 12, 413 - 426
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Group presentation skills, analytic reading and writing skills, group discussion skills
Course organiserDr Tracy Stewart
Tel: (0131 6)51 6310
Course secretaryMr Ben Hibberd
Tel: (0131 6)51 4241
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