ESP707 - Psychology in Education


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including weekly engagement with materials and responses in discussion forums


This unit is for professionals working in schools, or with young people in a variety of educational contexts, seeking to develop their understanding of the challenges facing teachers and learners in the 21st century, with a particular focus on psychological theory.

The course will encourage consideration of the contribution of psychology to education policy and practice in changing national and international contexts. This unit is designed to advance student understanding of historical and contemporary practices that have contributed to the development of psychological knowledge applied in education.

In this unit students will critically analyse the acceptance and use of diagnostic categories (e.g. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and concepts (e.g. intelligence) applied to learners and learning. The unit aims to provoke students reflection on the limitations as well as potential benefits of various forms of psychological theory ranging from dominant cognitive-behavioural and constructivist theory to theories informing critical educational psychology e.g. social constructionism.

The unit situates students as practitioners within the worldviews created by psychological theory to question the ethical foundations of professional discourse.

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