This Education: The Psychological Context unit offered by Open Universities Australia and Macquarie University gives you an introductory look at the field of educational psychology. You will explore the ways in which theories and concepts from the field of psychology can be applied within the context of teaching and learning.
You will gain a basic level of understanding of the large area of developmental psychology. This will include learning about how physical, personal, social and moral development influence learning, as well as how the development of language skills plays a role. Much of the knowledge you will gain from this unit will help you to understand how students learn.
You will also explore the teaching side of educational psychology. This includes classroom management practices, and how teachers can motivate their students. You will also be expected to consider how what you learn in this online unit applies to you and your experience of learning.
Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to enter this program:
Have prior university experience
Have completed the unit, Academic Learning Skills, or Academic Literacies: Learning and Communication Practice
Areas of study
In this education unit, the topics you will study include:
Education and development of the learner
Research in educational psychology
The learning process: theoretical perspectives
Educational psychology and diversity in the inclusive classroom
Educational psychology for effective learning and teaching
This unit is an approved elective in the following course:
Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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This unit will give you a range of highly useful skills for pursuing a career in teaching. You will gain an understanding of how learning works, and how various aspects of psychological development influence the process. You will also become familiar with a range of resources and materials that can be used to engage students and support their learning. As we live in a computer aided age, you will learn about how ICT can be used to enhance learning.
You will also develop a selection of generic, highly transferrable skills during this online unit. The major report will require you to plan your own research, develop analytical skills, grow in confidence, and discuss educational matters in a coherent manner. You will also become proficient in assessing your own work. Self-reflection is encouraged throughout this unit in Education: The Psychological Context.
You will also be required to use and expand upon your creative thinking skills, as well as improve your interpersonal and communication skills. You will learn to collaborate and lead in a more effective manner.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Education: The Psychological Context from Macquarie University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA's full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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