Education Psychology

Education Psychology

  1. Module Title: Education Psychology
  2. Module Prefix/Number: ED 345 / PSYC 358
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description: This course provides an overview of the major concepts and principles in the field of educational psychology that form the foundation for learning and teaching. It discusses the application of these concepts to enhancing learning and teaching. Thus, it examines the key theories of development and learning to aid in the understanding of how learners learn, how educators can be more effective in their teaching, and in creating a positive classroom experience; be it in the context of mainstream or special needs, where appropriate learning support is essential. It also looks into sociocultural factors impacting on, and the use of ICT in, teaching and learning. An overview of the assessment and reporting processes are also included as these are key in evaluating and communicating effectiveness of the educational efforts to stakeholders.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course students will have:
    Learning outcomes
    The learner will:
    Assessment criteria
    The learner can:
    1. Have knowledge of what is learning and teaching, reflective practice as a teacher or when one is in the role of teaching, the developmental domains in human development, theories of development and learning. 1.1. Define basic concepts in reflective practice and use of research in improving teaching.
    1.2. State ethical issues in educational research.
    1.3. Define basic concepts in theories of development and learning.
    2. Understand the theories of development and learning and their application on the learner and learning, as well as on the teacher and teaching; including the need for appropriate classroom management. 2.1. Identify the key factors that influence effective learning in children and adolescence.
    2.2. Identify the tenets of the various theories of development in relation to learning and teaching.
    2.3. Describe the strategies for learning and appropriate classroom management in order to set up a conducive learning environment and to mitigate problem behaviors in the learning situation.
    3. Apply and analyze the concepts in educational psychology to the classroom or any teaching context, which impacts on both the learner and the teacher, including learners with special needs. 3.1. Interpret learning needs of diverse learners.
    3.2. Discuss classroom strategies to facilitate learning.
    3.3. Explain how the theories aid in understanding and planning of teaching to impact on learning
  6. Grading Scale: Your letter grade in this course will be determined by calculating your score on all assignments and exams as a percentage of the total possible score, on a standard grading scale:
    Your Letter Grade Your Score as % of Total
    A 90–100
    B 80-89
    C 70-79
    D 60-69
    F 0-59

    Assignments 40%

    There will be two assignments. The student is required to answer a series of short answer questions, taken from the text, and turn them into the instructor, the following week. Each attracts 20% of total module grade.

    Assignment (Essay) 20%

    Students are also required to turn in an essay assignment.

    Guidelines for the essay assignment

    • At least 5 pages
    • The assignment should be typed using Times New Roman, 12-point size, double spaced, and 1” margins
    • The assignment should be edited for spelling and grammar
    • References to be provided using the APA guidelines

    Exam 40%

    There is a final exam (40%) consisting of short answer questions. The exam will be based on material covered in the lecture notes and textbook readings.

  7. Topic
    • Educational psychology for learning and teaching
    • Emerging skills
    • Cognitive development
    • Social, emotional and moral development
    • Behavioral views of learning
    • Cognitive explanations of learning
    • Humanist approaches to learning
    • Motivation and engagement
    • Intelligence and creativity
    • Learning support needs and inclusive education
    • Assessment and reporting
    • Creating a positive classroom
    • Sociocultural factors in the learning process
    • Information and communication technology (ICT) in learning and teaching

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