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PSYC3057 Introduction to Educational Psychology

Module Overview

This module aims to provide a descriptive and critical overview of the practice of educational psychology in the UK and to highlight some of the key debates.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Evidence an understanding of the of the role of an educational psychologist and the levels at which we work: individual, group, school and organisational levels
  • Identify current debates in the profession and wider society with regard to key concepts and be able to comment on these in a way that is helpful for practitioners, parents and the young people with whom we work.
  • Have an understanding, through case studies, of the role that consultation, assessment, interactionist frameworks and problem-solving play in EP practice
  • Recognise the difficulties and benefits that can arise from the application of diagnostic labels.
  • Give examples of the application of behaviourism & the social cognitive view of learning on educational practices
  • Identify the implications of cognitive theory in creating optimal conditions for learning.
  • Understand current theories and models of working memory and intelligence, and their value in predicting achievement and outcomes.
  • Understand how attachment theory and the belongingness hypothesis can explain the challenging behaviours of many children and young people in school, and how secure, positive, relationships can help even the most vulnerable to thrive'


Day in the Life of an EP – an overview and introduction to the problem solving approach Applying psychology to casework: Initial presentation followed by discussion Deficit terminology: ADHD and Autism Professional Debates within Psychology Is Working Memory a better predictor of achievement than IQ? Tools of the trade: consultation, assessment and problem solving Using psychology to promote learning Applying psychological theory in the classroom: behaviourism and social cognitive view of learning Applying psychology to casework. Initial presentation followed by discussion Helping children and young people thrive Summary and preparation for final assessment

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, small group work and discussion

Assessment tasks55
Preparation for scheduled sessions25
Wider reading or practice25
Follow-up work25
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Woolfolk, Anita (2014). Educational Psychology (core textbook). 


Assessment Strategy

Assessment consists of two pieces of coursework, the first an evidence-based written response to a letter from a Head-teacher based on the first half of the course, and the second an information sheet for school staff based on the second half of the course.


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 49%
Coursework 50%
Research credits 1%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: PSYC2007

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