PSYCHOLOGY AND EDUCATION - 2021/2

Module code: PSYM145

Module Overview

This module covers several aspects of the relationship between psychology and education, including the process of learning, differences between learners and the implications for education, and special educational needs.

Module provider

Psychology

Module Leader

GOOCH Deborah (Psychology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: C848

Module cap (Maximum number of students): 20

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module content

Indicative content includes:

-Principles of education and views of learning

-Learning environments and classroom assessment

-Learner differences and learning needs

-Special educational needs in language and literacy

-Special educational needs in movement and coordination

-Special educational needs in numeracy

-Special educational needs - attention deficits

-Special educational needs - behavioural, emotional and social difficulties

-Segregation, integration and inclusion: Theory and policy

-Inclusion in practice

-Revision and consolidation

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 4-PAGE TEACHER INFORMATION LEAFLET & 1000 WORD REFLECTION 40
Coursework PAPER PRESENTATION SLIDES 10
Examination 1-HOUR EXAMINATION 50

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the relationship between psychology and education, their ability to apply theory to practice, their ability to read and review literature critically, their ability to formulate an argument, their ability to present and discuss research and their ability to write for both academic and non-academic audiences.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

(1) 4-page information leaflet and a 1000 word reflection (40%). This information sheet will require students to demonstrate their understanding of how psychological principles, theory and research can inform educational practice in relation to an area of special educational need. Students will be required to present this information in an accessible format which would be of use to teachers/educational practitioners.
The reflection will require students to reflect on how the generation of the information sheet has informed their views on: the application of psychological knowledge to professional situations; the perspectives and roles of different stakeholders who work with children with SEN; their own strengths, weaknesses and development.

For support, the assessment will be discussed in class. Students will also be encouraged to swap drafts with each other to give each other feedback.

(2) Paper presentation slides (10 %). Students will be required to prepare slides to accompany a presentation of an assigned research paper.

(3) 1-hour exam (50 %). In this one-hour examination, students will be required to answer one question from a choice of four, covering any aspect of the course content.

Formative assessment and feedback:

Students will receive verbal feedback on their topic understanding, ideas and critical thinking from the lecturer, and from each other, during in class discussions. At the beginning of each lecture, students will be given 2 to 3 questions which will be discussed as a group to test and provide formative feedback on their understanding of the previous weeks' material. The module convenor will engage with the SurreyLearn discussion board and respond to queries or issues that arise there.

Students will also be given the opportunity to receive formative feedback directly related to each component of the summative assessment:

Each student will have the opportunity to submit a 1-page plan for their information leaflet and a practice exam answer to obtain formative feedback. Students will also be able to obtain formative feedback on their presentation skills after delivering the paper presentation slides.

Module aims

  •  This course critically considers the relationship between psychology and education, through examination of educational policy and practice from a psychological perspective, and by considering how psychological theory can be used to understand a range of special educational needs and educational issues. The aim of this course is to understand how psychology plays a key role in education. The development of independent and critical thought will be supported each week through a series of questions to consider when students review the lecture material and complete the reading.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Apply psychological theory to educational practice, and to consider barriers to doing so CT
002 Demonstrate ability to write and present about how psychological theory and research can inform educational practice from a critical perspective CKT
003 Demonstrate an understanding of how educational practice can inform psychological theory CKP
004 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the causes of and appropriate interventions/classroom strategies for different areas of special educational needs K
005 Critically consider educational policy from a psychological perspective C
006 Demonstrate ability to synthesise and communicate information to both academic and non-academic audience (i.e. educational practitioners) KPT
007 Reflect on the perspectives and roles of different stakeholders who work with children with SEN and on your own strengths, weaknesses and development. PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 125

Lecture Hours: 22

Seminar Hours: 3

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

-Provide students with a thorough grounding in the application of psychology to areas of educational practice.

-Encourage students to reflect on their own experiences of education and apply these to critical evaluation of theories and empirical findings.

-Develop sound critical thinking skills that cross the boundaries between theory and practice.

-Consider education through the lens of evidence-based practice

-Encourage students to reflect on their approach to producing information for teachers

-Develop critical analysis, presentation and discussion skills

The learning and teaching methods include:

-11 x 2 hour lectures, 3 x 1 hour (journal club) seminars and 125 hours of independent study, which involves:

-Formative assessments to develop an integrated body of knowledge

-Weekly case studies for discussion and to surface students’ pre-existing views on a topic

-Critical discussion of videos showing classroom practice

-Critical discussion of research findings

-Problem-based learning activities

-Student led paper discussions

-SurreyLearn resources including documentaries and links to websites

-Reflective log book

-Weekly ‘Consolidating and Applying your knowledge’ activities on SurreyLearn


Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for PSYCHOLOGY AND EDUCATION : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/psym145

Other information

N/A

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2021/2 academic year.