PSY6012 Educational Psychology

This course aims to apply psychological theories and research to learning and teaching. The topics are divided into three themes: students, learning process and teaching practices. To know our students, we will discuss developmental theories and student individual differences in terms of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, intelligence and special educational needs. To understand the learning process, we will discuss behavioral and cognitive theories of learning and learning motivation. Different teaching practices, including direct instruction, constructivist approaches and performance assessment will be examined as well. Students will also be introduced to professional practices of educational psychologists. Students are encouraged to integrate the knowledge they learn in this course with their real life experience.