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Module

PSY3031 : The Psychology of Teaching and Learning

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Helen St Clair-Thompson
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The module aims to provide an advanced knowledge of psychological constructs that may be important in educational settings; focusing on both cognitive constructs (e.g. working memory and executive functions) and non-cognitive constructs (e.g. motivation and personality). Each of these constructs will be considered in terms of its implications for educational practice. The module will therefore aim to answer questions such as “how can teachers reduce the cognitive demands of classroom activities?” and “how can teachers nurture motivation in a way that improves students’ learning?”

Outline Of Syllabus

Students will cover a broad range of topics throughout the module. Theories and research studies concerned with cognitive skills will be presented, for example, referring to working memory, attention, executive functions and intelligence. A range of other individual difference variables will also be described, such as personality, motivation, and resilience. A key focus will be the implications of research findings for practice within teaching and learning. Students will also have the opportunity to research a topic of their own choice in relation to educational interventions, and then prepare a presentation on this topic.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion921:0092:00Preparation and completion of coursework essay
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00Preparation and delivery of oral presentation
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials82:0016:00Synchronous online - Interactive lectures
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading401:0040:00Reading research papers on blackboard
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities82:0016:00Non-synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:002:00Present in person - focus on assessment preparation - 1 for presentation and 1 for essay
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk41:004:00Synchronous online - (1) introduction, (2-4) revision sessions to discuss key topics
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

One topic will be covered each week, using a range of teaching methods. Structured guided learning activities will include viewing pre-recorded lectures and completing formative quizzes. Guided independent study will involve reading journal articles on each of the main topics. Scheduled learning and teaching activities will involve synchronous online sessions to set expectations at the start of the module, monitor students learning throughout, and allow the opportunity for students to ask questions. In person sessions will be offered to help with assessment preparation, but online alternatives will be offered to students not able to attend.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation101A20.Online pre-recorded presentation
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M802000 word essay - the title for which allows a choice of topic
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The coursework essay is an appropriate way to assess student’s knowledge of the relevant cognitive abilities and individual difference variables covered in the module, and also their ability to demonstrate an understanding of how these constructs can inform practice within teaching and learning. Critical evaluation of theories and relevant research studies will also be required in the essays.

The oral presentation is an appropriate method for assessing the intended skill outcomes; the ability to plan and prepare materials for an oral presentation and, deliver a presentation. and engage in peer observations of presentations. Students will record presentations and submit these online, and guidance about methods for doing so will be provided.


FMS Schools offering Semester One modules available as ‘Study Abroad’ will, where required, provide an alternative assessment time for examinations that take place after the Christmas vacation. Coursework with submissions dates after the Christmas vacation will either be submitted at an earlier date or at the same time remotely.

Reading Lists

Timetable