Learning Theory for Educators - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Learning Journal Part 1 (25%) , Assignment 2 - Learning Journal Part 2 (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit provides an overview of theoretical perspectives on human learning including behaviourism, humanism, constructivism and cognitivism. Each set of theoretical assumption is evaluated based on scientific evidence and explored in terms of practical applications in promoting learning in educational and care environments. In addition to emphasis on Standard 1 (know your students and how they learn) of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, this unit focuses on assessment strategies and appropriate teacher feedback to students (Standard 5). The corresponding Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority’s Curriculum Specification 1 (psychology and child development), 2 (Education and curriculum studies), and 3 (early childhood pedagogies) are also addressed.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. explain key concepts associated with contemporary theoretical perspectives on human learning
  2. interpret a variety of scientific evidence of contemporary theoretical perspectives on human learning
  3. explain a variety of effective assessment strategies, including informal and formal, diagnostic, formative and summative approaches to assess student learning
  4. recognise a purpose of providing timely and appropriate feedback to students about their learning
  5. generate teaching and learning products for later professional use (such as learning activities, tools, part lesson plans).
  • Assignment 1 — Learning Journal Part 1 (25%)
  • Assignment 2 — Learning Journal Part 2 (50%)
  • Test — eTest (25%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • EDP155 — Understanding Learning

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Educational psychology and learning theory
2Ecological systems theory
3Theories of learning versus theories of development
4Individual differences in learning
5Behavioural views of learning
6Cognitive views of learning
7Constructivist views of learning
8Humanistic views and motivations to Learn
9Theory applied to learning environment
10Theory applied to teaching strategies
11Theory applied to standardised testing
12Theory applied to classroom assessment

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Educational Psychology Second Australian Edition


    ISBN: 9780730315469


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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