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Course Description

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The application of psychological principles and techniques to the study of the educational process.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should:

  1. Describe how research in psychology influences research, practice and policy in education and evaluate the effectiveness of psychological research in shaping educational policy, curriculum design and teaching practices.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of how research in cognitive, language, social and emotional development as well as neuroscience contributes to educational psychology and analyze how this research applies to current issues in education.
  3. Identify how individual differences in intellectual, social and cultural background influence education and analyze the impact of these concepts on teaching and educational outcomes.
  4. Describe various psychological perspectives on learning, demonstrate how these perspectives influence education and analyze current research in educational psychology as it relates to these perspectives on learning.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of motivation, executive functioning and self-regulation, describe how these concepts influence teaching, learning and assessment and apply this knowledge to current research, teaching and educational practices.
  6. Describe effective teaching, effective classroom management, and effective assessment of student performance and identify the challenges in applying this information to current classroom environments.
  7. Differentiate between various special needs learners and describe effective educational approaches for exceptional students in today’s classrooms.

Course Topics

  • What is Educational Psychology, how is it studied, and how is it implemented into schools?
  • Cognitive Development
  • Social and Emotional Development and Education
  • Learner differences and Learning needs
  • Language development, language diversity and immigrant education
  • Culture and Diversity
  • Cognitive and Behavioural views of learning
  • Complex Cognitive Processes, the learning sciences and constructivism
  • Social cognitive views of learning
  • Motivation and learning
  • Teaching every student and assessment

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): 1 of FRHD*2270, PSYC*1000, PSYC*1100, PSYC*1200


Assessment Item Weight Learning Outcomes
Discussion Questions 30% 1-7
Individual Paper 35% Varies based chosen topic
Online Final Exam 35% 1-7
Total 100%  


Technical Requirements

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Section Title
Psychology and Education
September 05, 2024 to November 29, 2024
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
Domestic Tuition Fee - Non-Ontario (0.5 units) $745.75 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $3,379.57 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Reading List / Textbook

You may purchase your course textbook, or other required/supplementary reading and learning materials, from the University of Guelph Bookstore or the Guelph Campus Co-op Bookstore, or from another third-party seller.

Section Notes

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