Learners, Learning and Teaching

Course code EDUC6735
Available in 2017
2016 Course Timetables


This course examines concepts and theories from educational, social, and developmental psychology as they pertain to teaching and learning. The course provides opportunities for pre-service teachers embarking on a teaching career in primary and secondary schools to develop their understanding of how students learn and how teachers can help students to learn. The course also examines learning in a social context, demonstrating how the complex social nature of schools impacts on students development and academic achievement.


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  • Semester 2 - 2016


  • Semester 1 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Typical developmental trends (physical, intellectual, and social) in students as they move through primary and secondary school;

2. Individual variation, that not all students exhibit similar developmental trends;

3. Current theories of learning and ways in which teachers can assist students to learn;

4. How teachers can encourage their students to self-regulate their learning;

5. How students' skills, interests, and prior knowledge impact on their learning;

6. How students vary in the way they approach learning; and

7. The social nature of schooling and the ways in which social interaction in schools and in the broader community can help or hinder learning.


  • Physical development
  • Cognitive/intellectual development (theories of Piaget, Vygotsky, and the Information Processing Model including self-regulation)
  • Personal, social, and moral development (theories of Erikson and Kohlberg, self-concept, moral behaviour, aggression and bullying, emotional development)
  • Individual differences in intelligence
  • Individual differences in learning styles
  • Effect of socio-economic status on achievement
  • Motivational aspects of learning (including different approaches to motivation, beliefs about ability, attributions for success and failure, and how the teacher can structure the learning environment and achievement tasks to enhance students' motivation to learn)

Assumed Knowledge


Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assignments

In Term Test: Examination: Class

Presentation: Presentations: Group

Online Learning Activity: Blog

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

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Integrated Learning Session

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term