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EDUF3029 - Psychology of Learning and Teaching
Faculty of Education and Social Work - 6 credit points
HECS Band seven
Domestic Fee: $3,900
International Fee: $4,410
EFTSL: 0.125000000
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Department: Faculty of Education and Social Work
Offered session(s): 2
Prerequisites: 42 credit points and EDUF2006
Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Paul Ginns

Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/wk for 6 wks, 1x1-hr tutorial/wk for 6 wks, 4x1-hr lectures/wk for 3 wks, 2x1-hr tutorials/wk for 3 wks

Assessment: 2-hr take home exam (30%) and 2000wd essay (40%) and group essay (15%) and group presentation (15%)

This unit of study examines four themes from current research on learning and teaching which have significant implications for enhancing learning outcomes in educational settings: (1) the self-system, learning and achievement; (2) collaborative learning: cognitive and motivational factors; (3) information processing and the design of instruction; and (4) learning from text, illustrations and multimedia. Each of these themes is defined by a central question (e.g. how is the self-system organised and what is its relationship to student achievement?) which is examined through several bodies of related recent research. In addition to lectures on each theme, students present the results of their collaborative self-directed research on one of the themes in a series of presentations held in the last three weeks of the unit of study. At the completion of the unit students should be able to analyse, synthesise, and draw conclusions from theory and research in each of the four themes considered, derive educational implications and applications for an educational level (e.g. primary, secondary), demonstrate the skills involved in collaborative and self-directed learning, and demonstrate competence in oral and written communication skills.
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