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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.

Course Details

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.


Course Outline

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.

2.Behavioural Learning
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

3.Information Processing
Information Processing Theory
A Model of Information Processing
Gestalt Psychology
Short-Term Memory
Long-Term Memory
Division of Long-Term Memory

4.Memory Retention & Loss
Remembering and Forgetting
Inhibition and Facilitation
Primacy and Recency
Learning Strategies

5.Individual Needs
Effective Instruction
The QAIT Model
Quality of Instruction
Appropriate Levels of Instruction
Between-Class Ability Grouping
Within Class Ability Grouping
Effective Use of Ability Groups
Mastery Learning
Outcomes-Based Education
Individualised Instruction

6.Constructivist Learning
What is the Constructivist View
Top Down or Bottom Up Processing
Generative Learning
Discovery Learning
Reception Learning
Activating Prior Knowledge

Intrinsic Motivation
Extrinsic Motivation
Factors Affecting Motivation
Motivational Theories
Behavioural Learning Theory
Human Needs Theory; Dissonance Theory
Cognitive Dissonance Theory
Personality Theory
Attribution Theory Expectancy Theory;
Improving Motivation
Nurturing Interest/Curiosity
Providing Incentive to Learn


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