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Unit information: Developmental and Educational Psychology in 2021/22

Unit name Developmental and Educational Psychology
Unit code EDUC20007
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Bakopoulou
Open unit status Not open

Introduction to Psychology in Education



School/department School of Education
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

The unit will build on year 1 work to develop students’ understanding of the study of developmental psychology and its’ application to educational contexts. In particular, the unit aims to:

  • develop students' interest, scientific knowledge and understanding of the study of developmental and educational psychology;
  • introduce students to the methodological approaches to the study of developmental and educational psychology, and the application of these to particular areas such as: cognitive, emotional, social and language development;
  • develop a thorough understanding of the role of empirical evidence in the formation of theory and how theory guides the collection and interpretation of empirical data;
  • help students to understand the conceptual and historical issues in the subject matter and their relation to other areas of psychological science;
  • allow students to explore the way in which different approaches to education and psychology relate to and complement each other;
  • help students to acquire a wide range of transferable skills.

Throughout, students will be required to consider ethical issues in this field.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate that they have:

1. understood key concepts in the current study of developmental psychology at an appropriate level;

2. developed a good range of skills in the evaluation and interpretation of psychological research on education and developmental psychology;

3. developed the ability to critically interrogate claims about developmental psychology in the educational literature;

4. developed the ability to evaluate the relevance of psychology for educational policy and innovation;

5. developed an awareness of the ethical issues and practices of the field;

Teaching Information

This unit will be taught using a blended approach consisting of a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous activities including seminars, lectures, reading and discussion

Assessment Information

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment will take the form of 'in session' participation whereby students will be able to demonstrate critical thinking and questioning in response to reading. Students will be expected to demonstrate an awareness of the links between theoretical concepts in the field of developmental psychology introduced in the sessions and the implications for educational psychology.

Summative Assessment

Poster 1,000 words (ILOs 1-5)

Qualitative Research Report 2,000 words (ILOs 1-5).


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.