Education: The Psychological Context - 2016

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 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment - Question & Answer (15%) , Essay - 1500 word essay (35%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as EDU110 Education: The Psychological Context.

This Unit is intended to introduce you to the field of Educational Psychology. The philosophy underpinning the Unit is that if teachers are to be professionals, they should be informed intellectuals who recognise the importance of developing their own philosophy of education and the teaching-learning process. The Unit is based on the premise that teaching is more than just a job in which 'common sense' and 'trial and error' suffice. While these will certainly play a role in your teaching experience in some way, there is a lot more to teaching than just common sense and learning by experience alone.

The main focus of the Unit is on learners and the various factors that play a role in the learning process. These factors include student characteristics such as cognitive, personal, social and emotional development. Social and cultural influences also play a significant role in students' learning experiences, as do school-based factors including teachers' classroom management techniques and their skills in motivating students to learn.

During the process of this study period, you will benefit most from the Unit if you take the time to think critically about the issues raised. As an individual studying the psychology of education - and as a potential teacher - you could have an important role to play in shaping future thought and practice in the field of education. Take every opportunity to consider the wider implications of your reading and online discussions. We hope that as a result of taking this Unit, you will learn about the psychology of learning and teaching, and just as importantly, we hope you will also learn more about yourself as learner and thinker.

During the course of this unit, you will have the opportunity to develop skills, and knowledge in several areas. By definition, learning also has an impact on your attitudes and values. Listed below are some of the key aims of the unit in regard to your learning.

1. You will have the opportunity to develop deeper knowledge and insight into:

  • Factors within the learner and their environment that play a role in human development
  • The ability to critically reflect on relevant issues and theories on pedagogy in teaching and learning, which will be assessed through written assignments, online tests and participation
  • An understanding of the basic theoretical concepts in the field of educational psychology, which will be assessed in the Multiple Choice Online Test during the semester and in the final online test
  • An understanding of some applications of Educational Psychology in classroom contexts
  • The ability to explore educational ideas and issues through research and critical analysis
  • Basic academic literacy skills in implementing a sustained and written argument
  • Knowledge of a range of appropriate and engaging resources and materials to support students’ learning

2. You will have an opportunity to expand on interpersonal skills and methods of communicating information through your independent course work activities by developing:

  • Foundation skills of literacy, numeracy and information technology
  • Demonstrate current knowledge and proficiency in the use of information technology skills and effective use of the internet
  • Self-awareness and interpersonal skills, including the capacity for self-management
  • Collaboration and leadership
  • Communication skills for effective presentation and cultural sensitivity
  • Creative thinking skills to imagine, invent and discover

3. These following competency generic skills will be developed in the Major Essay Assignment including:

  • Planning research
  • Developing confidence in tackling the unfamiliar problem of locating, assembling, analysing and synthesising information on a specific topic, using academic references and information technology
  •  Presenting a coherent argument and discussion in written form using appropriate referencing strategies
  • Self-assessing and critically reflecting on your progress in developing these skills
  • Assignment — Question & Answer (15%)
  • Essay — 1500 word essay (35%)
  • Participation (10%)
  • Quiz — Online Quiz (10%)
  • Quiz 2 — Online Final Test (30%)

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:

  • EDU110 — Education: The Psychological Context

If you have no prior university experience, you should complete BAR100 Academic Learning Skills or COM10006 Academic Literacies: Learning and Communication Practice before starting this unit.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Education and development of the learner
2Research in educational psychology
3The learning process: theoretical perspectives
4Educational Psychology and diversity in the inclusive classroom
5Educational Psychology for effective learning and teaching

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Quizzes

This unit is an approved elective 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 for Learning and Teaching with

    By:Duchesne and McMaugh

    ISBN: 9780170353113


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