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Psychology of Education

Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

This course draws on a wide range of theories and methods from across the core areas of psychology and applies them to education and educational contexts. Students will be able to assess how psychology can be applied in educational contexts while also learning about more technical aspects of this field, such as prevention and neuroscience. We believe that it is important to address issues such as the learning and individual differences of children, but also their mental health in educational contexts.

Course Content

1. Introduction to Educational Inquiry

  a) Psychological Perspectives in Child Development

  b) Applied Prevention in Education

  c) Statistics in Education

2. Learning and Individual Differences - The Psychology of Individual Differences

  a) Cognition and Education

3. Social Psychology of Education

  a) Developmental Psychology

4. Introduction to Neuroscience and Education

5. Children’s and Young People’s Mental Health and Well-being in Educational Contexts


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Hall, Kathy. Goswami, Usha. Harrison, Colin Harrison. Ellis, Sue. Soler, Janet. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Learning to Read: Culture, Cognition and Pedagogy (Routledge Psychology in Education). Routledge, 2010.

Larson, Jonathon E. Educational Psychology: Cognition and Learning, Individual Differences and Motivation. New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2009.

Meadows, Sara. Understanding Child Development: psychological perspectives in an interdisciplinary field of inquiry. New York: Routledge, 1986.

Myers, David. Twenge, Jean M. Social Psychology. McGraw Hill Education, 2015.

Pillemer, David B. White, Sheldon H. Developmental Psychology and Social Change: Research, History and Policy. Cambridge Studies in Social and Emotional Development. Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Porter, Gordon L. Smith, Déirdre. Exploring Inclusive Educational Practices Through Professional Inquiry. SensePublishers, 2011.

Sala, Sergio Della. Anderson, Mike. Neuroscience in Education: The good, the bad, and the ugly. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.