Child Psychology and Education

Module summary

Module code: PSYC0049
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Human Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Anna Samara


Pre and co requisites

Normally Developmental Social Psychology (L5)


This course introduces aspects of child psychology and developmental theory applicable to parenting, learning, performance and behaviour in schools, and educational settings and online environments. The main objectives are to develop an understanding of theoretical underpinnings of psychological processes and phenomena within applied contexts (e.g. learning difficulties, autism and bullying) and to gain a firm grounding in the application of these theories in practical contexts.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1. Critically evaluate psychological theories and their relevance to education.
2. Describe and understand the conceptual basis, history and development of psychology in relation to education in children.
3. Describe and critically evaluate psychological assessments in schools and educational settings.
4. Show a high level of awareness of behavioural and cognitive phenomena that psychologists research in relation to applied areas in education.
5. Show advanced awareness and evaluate multiple influences on education, learning, and behaviour in schools.

Indicative content

Examples of content include:
• Language Disorders.
• Bullying: Theory and Research.
• Bullying: Interventions.
• Cognitive Assessment in schools.
• Learning Difficulties.
• Autism in Education.
• Online behaviour in children and adolescents.
• Mindfulness and resilience in schools.

Teaching and learning activity

Lectures and virtual guided seminar/work groups. The emphasis is very much on participative learning; students will be expected to make a significant contribution. Whilst some of the work will be lecture led, students will be expected to reflect on their own observations, to understand and validate the theories, methodologies and research findings of psychology in education. There will be space within each session for students to work independently or in small groups for discovery based learning and discussion. Students will be expected to have prepared for each session using the required reading and some instances will be asked to prepare thoughts about specific topics before a session. There is one session of independent study where students are required to use previous learning to think about how different psychological disciplines and theories can be applied to the education and learning context. This aims to develop students’ skills in “applied psychology” element of this course.


Take-home test (100% weighting, 40% pass mark, Grading Mode: Numeric). Learning Outcomes: 1 to 5. Outline Details: 2,000 word take-home test whereby students are asked to answer 2 essay style questions from a list of options.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: A mock take-home test will be undertaken online.