Develop your understanding of any age who are involved in learning
Study how and why people learn, and how to apply that learning to bring about changes in people of all ages. This course will benefit a wide range of people, from parents (understanding of how their children develop) to teachers/trainers and welfare workers or leisure professionals (eg. youth leaders).
This course has relevance to many areas of work and life. It is applicable to any situation where people of any age are involved in learning, both in our private and professional lives; for example:
Anyone dealing with the development of children; as a teacher, parent, club leader (eg. Scouts or guides) or even a Sunday school teacher
Play leader in an after school or holiday program
Dance or music teacher; swimming teacher
Sports coach (amateur/voluntary or professional)
Workplace supervisor, training officer or anyone who needs to educate staff to do a better job at work.
It is also relevant for those wishing to pursue research or work as an educational psychologist.
This course develops your understanding of the theory and practice of educational psychology; helping you to solve problems you confront when helping others to learn. It gives you a foundation to be more effective in any situation where you need to improve learning outcomes.
You can start the course at any time as it is a self-paced online course. If you are doing the course full time you can complete it in 6 weeks, if you are studying part time then it will take 3-6 months on average to complete the course. Your course will expire after 1 year.
There are 7 lessons in this course:
1.Introduction -Development & Learning Theory
Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development
Assimilation and Accommodation
Piaget’s Stages of Development.
The Evolution of Behavioural Theories of Learning
Thorndike’s Theory of the Law of Effect
Skinner’s Theory of Operant Conditioning
Principles of Behavioural Learning; Reinforcers
Positive and Negative Reinforcement
The Premack Principle
Information Processing Theory
A Model of Information Processing
Division of Long-Term Memory
4.Memory Retention & Loss
Remembering and Forgetting
Inhibition and Facilitation
Primacy and Recency
The QAIT Model
Quality of Instruction
Appropriate Levels of Instruction
Between-Class Ability Grouping
Within Class Ability Grouping
Effective Use of Ability Groups
What is the Constructivist View
Top Down or Bottom Up Processing
Activating Prior Knowledge
Factors Affecting Motivation
Behavioural Learning Theory
Human Needs Theory; Dissonance Theory
Cognitive Dissonance Theory
Attribution Theory Expectancy Theory;
Providing Incentive to Learn
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