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PS5528: PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES: CURRENT ISSUES IN EDUCATION (2020-2021)

Last modified: 23 Jul 2020 15:35


Course Overview

Across the world, educational policy-makers and practitioners are committed to enhancing children’s learning experiences in areas such as literacy and numeracy, as well as closing the attainment gap by raising the attainment of children experiencing deprivation. As a vast and ever-developing field, several educational approaches have been developed in an effort to improve learning and attainment. This on-line module offers an opportunity for students to explore the psychological theory that underpins current issues in education.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Heather Branigan

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of MSc Psychological Studies or Master Of Science In Psychological Studies (Passed) or Msc Psychological Studies With Applied Developmental Psychology (Sept) or Msc Psychological Studies With Organisational Psychology (September) or Msc In Psychological Studies With Mental Health (September Start)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

In exploring current issues in education, students will use insights from developmental psychology to understand and evaluate current issues and approaches in education. This module will highlight key theories and research in developmental psychology. By considering research and theory in developmental psychology alongside evaluating examples of educational resources, this module will equip students with knowledge and critical thinking skills required to understand and create real-world application of research. Through weekly discussion, students will be supported to use their developing knowledge to evaluate educational resources. In groups, students will also create a resource for use within an educational setting.

 

Topics include:

The Attainment Gap

Growth Mindsets

Metacognition

Inclusion

Transitions


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Class Test - Multiple Choice Questions

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 60
Assessment Weeks 7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17 Feedback Weeks 11,17

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Feedback

Feedback will be delivered online on all summative assessments.  There will be an online discussion board to support coursework preparation.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateTo demonstrate an ability to reflect on strengths and limitations of educational resources by drawing on developmental psychology theory and research
FactualUnderstandTo demonstrate an understanding of current ideas in education
FactualUnderstandTo demonstrate an understanding of developmental psychological theories

Discussion board participation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Feedback will be delivered online on all summative assessments.  There will be an online discussion board to support coursework preparation.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyTo be able to communicate your critical understanding to peers using online media
ConceptualEvaluateTo demonstrate an ability to reflect on strengths and limitations of educational resources by drawing on developmental psychology theory and research
FactualUnderstandTo demonstrate an understanding of current ideas in education
FactualUnderstandTo demonstrate an understanding of developmental psychological theories
ReflectionEvaluateTo be able to provide written peer-feedback on an educational resource using a pro-forma

Creation of an educational resource (e.g., leaflet, blog post, poster – limited to 1 page in length)

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 14 Feedback Weeks 15,16,17

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Feedback

Feedback will be delivered online on all summative assessments.  There will be an online discussion board to support coursework preparation, and a discussion board session for students to provide peer-feedback.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualCreateTo be able to apply understanding of developmental psychology research and theory to create an educational resource
FactualUnderstandTo demonstrate an understanding of current ideas in education
FactualUnderstandTo demonstrate an understanding of developmental psychological theories

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Discussion Board

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback


Similar to first attempt, with existing pass mark carried forward so that resit is only needed for failed element(s).

 

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
Sorry, we don't have this information available just now. Please check the course guide on MyAberdeen or with the Course Coordinator

Creation of an Educational Resource

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Similar to first attempt, with existing pass mark carried forward so that resit is only needed for failed element(s).

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
Sorry, we don't have this information available just now. Please check the course guide on MyAberdeen or with the Course Coordinator

Class Test - Multiple Choice Questions

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 60
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Similar to first attempt, with existing pass mark carried forward so that resit is only needed for failed element(s).

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
Sorry, we don't have this information available just now. Please check the course guide on MyAberdeen or with the Course Coordinator

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualUnderstandTo demonstrate an understanding of developmental psychological theories
FactualUnderstandTo demonstrate an understanding of current ideas in education
ConceptualEvaluateTo demonstrate an ability to reflect on strengths and limitations of educational resources by drawing on developmental psychology theory and research
ConceptualCreateTo be able to apply understanding of developmental psychology research and theory to create an educational resource
ConceptualApplyTo be able to communicate your critical understanding to peers using online media
ReflectionEvaluateTo be able to provide written peer-feedback on an educational resource using a pro-forma

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