1 x 1-hour lecture weekly 1 x 3-hour seminar weekly
4.5 units of EDUC topics
In this topic the focus is on the development and learning of young people, and the various influences that impact on their learning and well-being. The concepts of the child and adolescent will be explored in a historical, cultural and philosophical context. Relevant theories and research will be examined in order to help students describe and understand cognitive, affective and physical development from infancy to adolescence. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of individual differences that impact on development and learning. Theories explaining development will inform pre-service teachers' knowledge of young people as learners. Learning in this topic will be linked to school experience providing the opportunity to make clear connections between theory and practice. Pre-service teachers will work in small groups using inquiry-based learning and a range of technologies to investigate aspects of development and learning.
This topic aims to:
explore the concepts of childhood and adolescence
explore the relationship between young people, their various environments and contexts and their development and learning
introduce theories and research which help to explain young people's development
introduce pre-service teachers to a range of individual differences and their relationship to learning
explore the roles of assessment in learning
explore the learner's role in learning
consider factors that impact on learning and well-being
develop pre-service teachers' capacity for effective collaboration in the context of inquiry-based learning
encourage pre-service teachers to make connections between research, theories and practice so that they develop self-awareness of their own learning and motivations and build capacity for teaching and learning
Expected learning outcomes
On completing this topic pre-service teachers will be able to:
demonstrate an awareness of individual differences in terms of interests, abilities, disabilities, motivation, readiness for learning and learning profile
apply theories of cognitive and affective development to explain how young people interact with their environments and contexts in ways which can impact either positively or negatively on their learning, health and well-being
articulate the impact of family and cultural influences on child and adolescent development, learning and well-being
articulate ways in which teachers evaluate and recognise student learning
apply skills in inquiry-based learning to investigate issues of young people's learning and development
connect theories of development and learning to identify effective teaching practices that enhance students' learning and well-being
Key dates and timetable
Timetable details for 2020 are no longer published.
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