Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


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 to develop an 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, as well as the complex social nature of the surrounding community, impact on students development (physical, cognitive, social, and emotional) and academic achievement.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify typical developmental trends (physical, cognitive, social, emotional, moral) in students as they move through primary and secondary school;

2. Identify individual developmental variations among students;

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

4. Encourage students to self-regulate their learning;

5. Apply current thinking about the nature of intelligence and the extent to which intelligence can be changed;

6. Demonstrate how students' skills, interests, motivation, and prior knowledge impact on their learning;

7. Identify how students can vary in the way they approach learning;

8. Understand the social nature of schooling and the ways in which socio-economic status can affect students experiences of schooling.


  • Physical development, cognitive development, social development, emotional development, moral development
  • Information Processing Model of cognitive development; self-regulation of learning 
  • Nature of intelligence; malleability of intelligence 
  • Students’ motivation; teachers’ motivation; ways teachers can structure their teaching to increase students’ motivation to learn
  • Effects of socio-economic status on students’ experience of schooling


If you have successfully completed EDUC6168 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assignments

In Term Test: Examination: Class

Presentation: Presentations: Group

Contact hours


Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks starting in week 1

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.