The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Provides an understanding of recent research and developments in learning theory. The focus lies in understanding learning from the perspective of individual differences, with an emphasis on those attributes underlying independent, strategic learning.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2014.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the recent research literature in learning and teaching

2. Demonstrate an understanding of how current policy on learning and teaching is related to such literature


Research literature will encompass major topics examining processes, content and products (outcomes) of learning and teaching including : metacognition, self-regulated learning, student self-beliefs, self-awareness, teacher beliefs and efficacy, teacher reflection, the place of practice in informing research, teaching strategies (metacognitive, cognitive, behavioural), problem solving, and their relationships to developmental levels. Students will be encouraged to pursue areas of particular interest to them within this framework.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Discussion, Literature Review and Critical Evaluation

Written Assignment: Case Study of a Learner