Learners, Learning and Teaching

Course code EDUC6735Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

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.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course, students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of:
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.
Content* 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)
Replacing Course(s)n/a
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeN/A
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments1. Individual essay on the Information Processing Model (40 marks).
2. in-class test on course content (30 marks)
3. Group or individual presentation (up to 4 per group) - using YouSeeU software - uploaded on to Blackboard site (15 marks)
4. Group or individual presentation (up to 4 per group) - produce a Glog Blog with graphics) (15 marks)
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Teaching (Primary)or the Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for EDUC6735