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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

Module Aims

Students are expected to develop a degree of critical awareness of relevant issues and topics.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explain the history of key legislation shaping assessment and provision for children with SEN.
  • Describe the current and changing role of the educational psychologist in different settings.
  • Give examples of the application psychological theories on educational practices.
  • Explain consultation, assessment and problem solving and recognise their role in EP practice.
  • Identify the implications of cognitive theory in creating optimal conditions for learning.
  • Identify key arguments in debates over testing and computerised interventions in schools (e.g. working memory).
  • Define evidence based practice and identify some of its challenges.
  • Consider the role of labels e.g. ASD, ADHD and their impact on practice.
  • Identify some of the discourses in the profession and wider society with regard to the concept of dyslexia.


1. History of Special Educational Needs (SEN) and the changing role of the EP 2. A day in the Life of 3. Influential concepts: behaviourism, social cognitive view of learning, mindsets 4. Tools of the trade: consultation, assessment and problem solving 5. Using psychology to promote learning 6. Key debates: testing, intelligence, computerised interventions 7. Using psychology to promote behaviour management 8. Critical Issues – the nature of evidence 9. Deficit terminology 10. Dyslexia 11. Summary and overview

Special Features


Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, discussions during the lectures.

Follow-up work15
Wider reading or practice40
Preparation for scheduled sessions15
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

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



MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 99%
Research credits 1%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: PSYC2007

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