Postgraduate Course: Psychology of Learning and Teaching (EDUA11354)
|School||Moray House School of Education and Sport
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The 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.
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)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||This course will be assessed through two components: a 1000 word research-informed report for educators (20% of final grade) and a 3000 word essay (80% of final grade).
||Prior to essay submission, students will receive feedforward guidance on their presentations and on possible approaches to their essay.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- critically discuss theories of learning, and their relationship to teaching
- analyse and evaluate examples of teaching and learning
- understand theoretical applications in teaching and implications for practice
- critically consider the relationship between pedagogy and assessment
- gain awareness of recent developments in teaching and learning
|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
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Group presentation skills, analytic reading and writing skills, group discussion skills
|Course organiser||Dr Sarah McGeown
Tel: (0131 6)51 6121
|Course secretary||Miss Claire Chalmers
Tel: (0131 6)51 6573