2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
EDUC2104 Psychological Approaches to Understanding and Supporting Children's Learning
20 creditsClass Size: 70
Module manager: Dr Yvonne Griffiths
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2023/24
This module is approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module brings together theory and practice through exploring children's learning from a psychological perspective. You will be introduced to influential psychological theories which have informed current understandings of children's learning and development. The module covers key areas of cognitive development including language and memory. You will critically analyse theory and cutting edge research before exploring practical applications and implications for education. Specifically, you will consider assessment of children's learning, and evidence based interventions and teaching approaches designed to support particular aspects of learning and development. Particular factors which may influence development will be discussed, and the roles of teachers, teaching assistants, parents and peers will be considered. Key ideas will be introduced in lectures whilst seminar sessions will help you develop your skills of critical analysis. Through this module you will develop a thorough understanding of the scientific methods used to study children's learning and development, and you will conduct your own small-scale research project. This module will enable you to develop an appreciation of the contribution of psychological approaches to understanding and supporting children's learning.
ObjectivesThis module explores children's learning from a psychological perspective. It aims to:
- Introduce key psychological theories which have informed current understandings of children's learning and development.
- Explore practical applications of theory and research for educational contexts.
- Explore key aspects of cognitive development, including language and memory.
- Develop understanding of the importance of the social contexts in which learning takes place.
- Develop a thorough understanding of the scientific methods used to study children's learning and development.
On completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of:
- development in key areas of cognition including language and memory;
- psychological theories and empirical studies which inform understanding of teaching and learning in educational contexts;
- scientific methods which have been used to study children's learning and development;
- the influence of the social context in which learning and development take place;
- key debates and issues within the field.
Key concepts in cognitive development and models of the learning process I
Key concepts in cognitive development and models of the learning process II
The roles of memory, attention and executive functioning in learning and development
Supporting memory skills
Language development and the subsystems of communication
Language and communication profiles
Supporting language and communication development
The development of literacy skills
Supporting literacy development
Language and thinking: The nature of human intelligence
The development of children's drawings and synthesis of module themes
|Private study hours
|Total Contact hours
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)
Private studyStudents will be expected to do specified reading in preparation for the seminars.
They will also be expected to undertake private study in order to complete the assignments. Resources and activities will be available via the VLE.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackFour formative assessment activities, related to seminar content, will ensure students develop skills and receive regular feedback on their learning. This will enable both them and the tutors to monitor progress.
Methods of assessment
|% of formal assessment
|Exam with advance information on questions
|2 hr 00 mins
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 13/01/2023
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