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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Education Psychology
Module Code PSYC204
School 37
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Aoife McNicholl
Semester 2: Aoife McNicholl
Autumn: Aoife McNicholl
Module TeachersPamela Gallagher
Claire Brennan
Catherine Fassbender
Aoife McNicholl
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination and coursework

Educational psychology is the scientific study of psychology in education and deals broadly with ‘…the psychological and educational development of people in the education system’ (Psychological Society of Ireland, 2011).

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the subject matter, major theoretical approaches and distinguish the main research methods which apply in the field of educational psychology.
2. Explain the main implications of educational psychology for teaching and learning across diverse educational contexts.
3. Critically evaluate psychological concepts in educational contexts including individual differences, intelligence and creativity.
4. Outline the main factors influencing teacher and learner motivation and resilience.
5. Understand a range of key factors which influence learning; school culture, school engagement, aggression and bullying in school contexts, educational disadvantage and resilience, learning across the lifespan and learning in group/community contexts.
6. Delineate the range of roles and activities of psychologists who work in educational settings.
7. Reflect on and analyse a theme/issue/concept of relevance to educational contexts through the application of psychological theory/research.
8. Further develop competency in communication and presentation of selected materials in an end of semester, in-class forum.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22Lecture content based on indicative content and learning outcomes
Seminars8Student-led seminars of presentations
Tutorial4Tutorial sessions designed to guide students through the continuous assessment process and support activity-based learning
Independent Study91Self-directed study, engaging with recommended reading and other online content; Assessment preparation and completion
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

Introduction to the field of educational psychology

Theoretical Frameworks
Theories of development applied to educational psychology

Influence of contexts on learning
Prejudice in the Classroom

Motivation and resilience
Teacher and Learner Motivation and Resilience

Influence of contexts of learning
Factors influencing effective teaching and learning: Attachment

Assessment of Educational Outcomes

Lifelong Learning
Learning across the Lifespan

Student Presentations 1 & 2
In-class student presentations on educational themes

Reflection and Review
Reflection and review of module

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PresentationIndividual oral presentation as part of a group on group-selected theme.30%n/a
EssayEssay on broad theories and themes/contexts as they apply to educational psychology.70%n/a
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

  • O'Donnell, A. M., Reeve, J. M., & Smith, J. K.: 2012, Educational Psychology: Reflection for Action, 3rd Edition, Wiley, Hoboken, N.J,
  • Slavin, R.E.: 2018, Educational Psychology: Theory and Practice, 12th, Pearson,
  • Thorburn, Malcolm: 2018, Wellbeing, education and contemporary schooling, Routledge, London,
  • Rubie-Davies, C.M.: 2011, Educational Psychology: Concepts, Research and Challenges., Routledge,
  • Woolfson, M.: 2011, Educational Psychology: The Impact of Psychological Research on Education., Prentice Hall,
  • Wheldall, K. Ed.: 2010, Developments in Educational Psychology, 2nd Edition, Routledge,
  • Ormrod, J.E. and McGuire, D.: 2007, Case Studies: Applying Educational Psychology, 2nd Edition, Allyn & Bacon,
  • Langford, P.E.: 2005, Vygotsky's Developmental and Educational Psychology., Psychology Press,
  • Hick, P., Kershner, R., Farrell, P. Eds.: 2008, Psychology for Inclusive Education: New Directions in Theory and Practice., Routledge,
  • Gutkin, J.B. and Reynolds, C.R.: 2010, The Handbook of School Psychology, 4th Edition, Wiley,
  • Merrell, K.W. and Gueldner, B.A.: 2010, Social and Emotional Learning in the Classroom: Promoting Mental Health and Academic Success, Guilford Press,
  • Durlak, Joseph: 2016, Handbook of social and emotional learning: research and practice, The Guilford Press, New York,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BPYBSc (Honours) in Psychology

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