1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly
1 Admission into MEDCP-Master of Education (Cog Psych & Educational Prac)
1a Admission into MEDER-Master of Education (Ed Research, Evaluation and Assessment)
1b Admission into MEDLM-Master of Education (Leadership and Management)
1c Admission into MEDSE-Master of Education (Special Education)
1d Admission into MEDWS-Master of Education
1e Admission into MEDCPP-Master of Education (Cog Psych & Educational Prac) [1.5 years]
1f Admission into MEDERP-Master of Education (Ed Research, Evaluation and Assessment) [1.5 years]
1g Admission into MEDGEP-Master of Education (Gifted Education) [1.5 years]
1h Admission into MEDIBP-Master of Education (International Baccalaureate) [1.5 years]
1i Admission into MEDSEP-Master of Education (Special Education) [1.5 years]
1j Admission into MEDLMP-Master of Education (Leadership and Management) [1.5 years]
1k Admission into MEDSAP-Master of Education (Studies of Asia) [1.5 years]
1l Admission into MEDWSP-Master of Education [1.5 years]
1m Admission into MEDWM-Master of Education (Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health)
1n Admission into MEDWMP-Master of Education (Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health) [1.5 years]
1o Admission into MEDUOS-Master of Education
1p Admission into MCPEP-Master of Cognitive Psychology and Educational Practice
1q Admission into MEDECP-Master of Education (Early Childhood Studies) [1.5 years]
1r Admission into BSCMTS-Bachelor of Science, Master of Teaching (Secondary)
1s Admission into BLANGMTS-Bachelor of Languages, Master of Teaching (Secondary)
1t Admission into BGSCMTPR-Bachelor of General Science, Master of Teaching (Primary)
2 Admission into MDPP-Master of Disability Policy and Practice
2a Admission into MDPPA-Master of Disability Policy and Practice [1.5 years]
2b Admission into BAMTEC-Bachelor of Arts, Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
2c Admission into BAMTPR-Bachelor of Arts, Master of Teaching (Primary)
2d Admission into BAMTS-Bachelor of Arts, Master of Teaching (Secondary)
3 EDES9402 - Psychology and Instruction
3a 2.0000000000 of EDUC9733, EDUC9734
Must Satisfy: (((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g or 1h or 1i or 1j or 1k or 1l or 1m or 1n or 1o or 1p or 1q or 1r or 1s or 1t)) or ((2 or 2a or 2b or 2c or 2d))) and ((3 or 3a))
Enrolment not permitted
EDES9403 has been successfully completed
Topic description

In this topic students will examine in depth a problem which has emerged in the literature of cognition and instruction. Students will examine contemporary research involving the use of cognitive psychology to address educational issues. Students will prepare a literature review in a given area and will become familiar with research techniques used in that area.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Foster research-informed enquiry, critical analysis, synthesis, evaluation and reflection as essential educational practices
  • Further extend students' ability to critically review and evaluate research literature in the fields of research methods, and cognitive psychology and educational practice
  • Extend students' abilities to design a research investigation based upon a synthesis of extant research literature in association with an identified teaching-learning problem
  • Extend students' abilities to generate an in-depth literature review, in the appropriate academic style, which critically reviews and evaluates a selected set of academic literature
  • Develop advanced capabilities for self-regulated learning
  • Lead improvements in professional decision making
  • Lead the informed construction of educational policy, whether local, national or global
  • Translate knowledge gained from reading, discussion, research and writing into educational practices
  • Lead the dissemination of knowledge gained from reading, discussion, research and writing to professional colleagues
  • Lead interdisciplinary and intercultural partnerships and work collaboratively
  • Lead informed, constructive debate
  • Engage in and lead professional reflective practice
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate extended knowledge of contemporary research and practice in the field of cognitive psychology and educational practice
  2. Analyse and synthesise research procedures that can be used to address issues arising in the field of cognitive psychology and educational practice
  3. Design a research proposal for an independent research project in the field of cognitive psychology and educational practice, including selection of research methods and design of educational interventions
  4. Justify the selection of research methods for an independent, original research project
  5. Contribute to informed debate about research, practice and policy in the field of cognitive psychology and educational practice
  6. Understand and adhere to ethical research standards and practices
  7. Demonstrate high standards of academic literacy

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


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Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

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Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.