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 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.
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)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2023/24, 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 group presentation (20% of final grade) and a 3000 word essay (80% of final grade).
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.
||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
- Analyse and evaluate examples of teaching and learning
- Understand the implications of psychological theory and research for classroom practice
- Critically consider the needs of different learners
- Understand recent developments in teaching
|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 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12887-018-1385-3
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Analytic reading and writing skills, academic writing skills, group presentation skills, group discussion skills
|Course organiser||Dr Julie Smith
Tel: (0131 6)51 6356
|Course secretary||Mr Craig Russell