Details for Educational Psychology

Educational Psychology focuses on how key psychological theories and concepts inform pre-service teachers’ understanding of how students learn and the implications for effective learning and teaching.


Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: EDU343
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Stephen Fyson

Prerequisites

The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Educational Psychology

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

Educational Psychology focuses on how key psychological theories and concepts inform pre-service teachers’ understanding of how students learn and the implications for effective learning and teaching. Topics include cognitive and social development, memory processes, theories of motivation and learning, classroom management, individual and group differences, problem solving, critical thinking, diagnostic assessment and evaluation all set against the background of guiding children to discover their goals and calling. The external professional networks available to schools to support children and families will also be explored.

Outcomes

  1. Critically appraise the work of prominent educational psychologists and thereby develop understandings of how students learn and the implications for effective learning and teaching;
  2. Evaluate the strengths and limitations of different teaching approaches, through a psychological lens, critically appraising how they inform understandings about how students learn and the implications for teaching;
  3. Design work integrating higher order thinking processes associated with creativity and critical thinking;
  4. Describe in detail how knowledge is constructed and its relationship with the human memory system for teaching and instructional design;
  5. Describe in detail learning assessment techniques other than traditional testing, in terms of their strengths and limitations;
  6. Produce advanced psychology-based solutions to teaching/classroom problems in order to improve student learning.

Subject Content

  1. Erickson and the stages of Psychological Development;
  2. Cognitive approach to educational psychology, the importance of the active learner, Piaget and Vygostky;
  3. Piaget, Kohlberg and Gilligan’s Moral Development, Stages of Spiritual Growth, Moral Behaviour, Character Development;
  4. Age-level characteristics, physical, social, emotional and cognitive characteristics. Middle schooling the challenges and rewards;
  5. Measuring intelligence, David Wechsler Global Capacity, Robert Sternberg’s Triarchic Theory, Howard Gardener’s Multiple Intelligences and gender equity and bias;
  6. Cultural and Socioeconomic Diversity, learning environments, the multiethnic classroom;
  7. Differentiating the curriculum, ability groupings, to group or not to group, disabilities and optimal learning, accelerated instruction, gifted and talented classes;
  8. Problem solving, constructing real learning experiences, constructivist approaches, teaching problem solving;
  9. Assessment of learning, tests written v performance, norm referenced grading, criterion references grading, standardised testing; familiarisation with psychologist reports and court orders regarding students.

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face-to-Face
  • Intensive
  • Distance/ Global Online

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  1. Book Review (30%)
  2. Oral Presentation and Write-Up (40%)
  3. Case Study (30%)

Prescribed Text

  • References will include the most current curriculum requirements for schools.

Check with the instructor each semester before purchasing any prescribed texts or representative references