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ED1481 - Foundations of Educational Psychology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Education

Limited offering available only to RATEP students. External offering available only to students enrolled in the ECE major.

This subject deals with children's growth and development from birth to adulthood with an emphasis on childhood and adolescence. Students will study physical, cognitive, moral, psychosocial and emotional aspects of development and the complex interactions between them. Ethical theories will also be outlined to prepare students for the professional and ethical dimensions of teaching. The subject will be developed by first outlining the historical and philosophical antecedents of development models. Students will be given the opportunity to apply the most empirically established models to explain human development and behaviour. They will examine current research and understanding of intelligence, motivation, special needs, and brain-based learning approaches. In order to interpret course concepts critically students will engage and reflect on constructivist, behaviourist, and humanistic approaches to learning and teaching. Lectures, tutorials and assessment will provide students with opportunities to reflect on human development in educational contexts, to foster sustainable professional practices. *Students enrolled in this subject will be required to have a "Suitability Card for Child-Related Employment" (Blue Card) issued by the Commission for Children and Young People.

Learning Outcomes

  • develop problem solving skills and the ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of developmental theories;
  • demonstrate the ability to critique and apply developmental theories;
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theories and concepts informing teaching and learning;
  • critically use theory to explore and respond to an authentic problem-based scenario.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully.

Availabilities

Cairns, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Helen Boon
Lecturer: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures - 2 hour lecture/week
  • 13 hours tutorials - Commence Week 1; (Week 1 online)1 hour/week
Assessment: tutorial attendance and participation (15% - 20%); assignments (40%); centrally-administered final exam (40% - 45%).

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Helen Boon.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures - 2 hour lecture/week
  • 12 hours tutorials - Commence Week 2; 1 hour/week
Assessment: tutorial attendance and participation (15% - 20%); assignments (40%); centrally-administered final exam (40% - 45%).

Townsville, Study Period 2, Limited
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Face to face teaching (Online tutorial attendance at RATEP site as per schedule to be advised)
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Helen Boon
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours - online tutorials
Assessment: tutorial attendance and participation (15% - 20%); assignments (40%); centrally-administered final exam (40% - 45%).

Study Period 2, External
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Helen Boon
Lecturer: <Person not found>.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: tutorial attendance and participation (15% - 20%); assignments (40%); centrally-administered final exam (40% - 45%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.