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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Learning and Psychology of Motivation
Module Code ES209
School 76
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Jane O'Kelly
Semester 2: Jane O'Kelly
Autumn: Jane O'Kelly
Module TeachersJane O'Kelly
Liam Challenor
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
submission of completed case study

The purpose of this module is to assist students to identify individual differences across a range of educational settings from preschool to adult, further and continuing education in order to promote inclusionary educational practice. Students will develop the ability to identify individual needs and develop a critical understanding of the impact of those needs on individual development within an educational context

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify individual needs within an educational context across social, emotional, and cognitive domains
2. Examine the realtionship between cognitive, social and emotional difficulties on academic attainment
3. Distinguish the differences between formal and informal eduational assessment
4. Develop individual programmes to promote inclusionary practice across a range of educational settings
5. Examine the psychological impact of individual difference and diversity on educational practices

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study46No Description
Online activity24No Description
Independent Study31No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Theme 1
Overview of theories of development

Theme 2
Individual Differences and Diversity in human development

Theme 3
The relationship between additional needs and cognitive development

Theme 4
The impact of additional needs on human development in educational settings

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Snowman, J, McCown R, & Biehler,: 2009, Psychology Appied to Teaching, 12th, Houghton Miffin, USA,
  • Woolfolk, A, Hughes, M. & Walkup, V: 2008, Psychology in Education, 1st, Pearson Longman, England,
  • Dare, A., & O'Donovan, M.: 2004, Good Practice inb Caring for Young Children with Special Needs, 1st, Nelson Thornes Ltd, United Kingdom,
  • Rogers, J.: 2007, Adults Learning, 5th, McGraw Hill, United Kingdom,
  • Knowles, M.S., Holtonill, E.F., & Swanson, R. A.: 2005, The Adult Learner, 6th, Elsevier Inc., USA.,
  • King, F.: 2006, Special Education in Irish Clasrooms. A practical Guide., 1st, Primary ABC, Ireland,
  • Greeg. Noel: 2009, Adolescents and Adults with Learning Disabilities and ADHD: Assessment and Accomodation., 1st, Guilford Press, London,
  • Stevens, P. & O' Moore. M.: 2009, Inclusion or Illusion, 1st, Blackhall, Ireland,
  • Wilkinson. W.K.: 2003, Straight talk about AD/HD. A Guide to Attention Deficit?Hyperactivity Disorder for Irish Parents and Professionals., 1st, Collins Press, Ireland,
  • Lovecky, D. V.: 2004, Different Minds: GIfted Children with AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome and othe Learning Deficits, 1st, Kingsley, London,
  • Axline, Virginia: 1974, Dibs: In search of Self, Penguin, London,
  • Haddon. Mark.: 2003, The curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime, Jonathan Cape, United Kingdom,
  • Griffin, S & Shevlin, M.: 2011, Responding to Special Educational Needs: An Irish Perspective, 2nd, Gill & Macmillan, Dublin,
  • Dr Susan E Gathercole, Tracy Packiam Alloway,: 0, Working Memory and Learning, 1st, Sage Publications, London, 978-1-4129-3612-5
  • Alloway, Tracy Packiam: 2011, Improving Working Memory: Supporting Students Learning, 1st, Sage, London, 978-1-84920-747-8
  • McPhillips, Therese: 2011, Supporting Teaching and Learning in the Second Level School. : A resource for Teachers, 1st, Blackrock Education Centre, Dublin, 978-0-9563141-0-9
  • John McDonnell (Editor), Michael L Hardman (Editor): 2010, Successful Transition Programs, 2nd, Sage, London, 978-1-4129-6021-2
  • Tony Cline, Norah Frederickson,: 0, Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Diversity, 2nd, McGraw Hill Open University Press, United Kingdom, 978-033-5221462
Other Resources

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Date of Last Revision07-OCT-09

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