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Postgraduate Course: Psychology of Learning and Teaching (EDUA11354)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course draws upon theory and research from psychology to describe how children, adolescents (and sometimes adults) learn and study. It covers key learning theories and provides a detailed and comprehensive insight into understanding learners and how to optimally support learning.
Course description In particular, the course will cover:
- Theories of learning: Classic and contemporary
- Learners cognition, meta-cognition, attributes, and mental health and wellbeing
- Learning during childhood, adolescence (and at times, adulthood).
- Diverse learners
- Digital learners

The course draws upon psychological theory and research and students are encouraged to engage with the research literature throughout. Furthermore, they will be encouraged to consider the pedagogical implications of the research to optimally support learners.
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 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Group Presentation: (20% weighting)
Essay: (80% weighting)

This course will be assessed through two components: a group presentation and a 3000 word essay.

There will be different opportunities for feedback to support students with learning and assessment throughout the course. Furthermore, feedback from assessment 1 will be received by students in time to be used for assessment 2.
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
  2. Analyse and evaluate examples of teaching and learning
  3. Understand the implications of psychological theory and research for classroom practice
  4. Critically consider the needs of different learners
  5. Understand recent developments in teaching
Reading List
Dunlosky, J., Rawson, K., Marsh, E., Nathan, M., & Willingham, D. (2013). Improving Students┬┐ Learning With Effective Learning Techniques: Promising Directions From Cognitive and Educational Psychology. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 14(1), 4-58.

Paas, F., & van Merrienboer, J. J. G. (2020). Cognitive-Load Theory: Methods to Manage Working Memory Load in the Learning of Complex Tasks. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 29(4), 394-398.

Holmes, J., Bryant, A., the CALM team, & Gathercole, S. E. (2019). Protocol for a transdiagnostic study of children with problems of attention, learning and memory (CALM). BMC Pediatrics, 19:10
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Analytic reading and writing skills, academic writing skills, group presentation skills, group discussion skills
Course organiserDr Julie Smith
Tel: (0131 6)51 6356
Course secretaryMr Craig Russell
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