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Archived Version 2010 - 2011

Module Title Psych. of Individual Difference & Diversity
Module Code ES217
School School of Education Studies

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Ger ScanlonOffice NumberCA115a
Level 2 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
This module aims to raise awareness of the diverse learning styles, learner preferences, special educational needs and ethnic/ socio-cultural backgrounds of learners. It also examines motivational and teaching and learning strategies that can be used to support the diverse range of learners

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to…
  1. Explain and summarise different stages of development - psychological, physical, emotional and social
  2. Identify and devise suitable teaching and learning strategies to meet the needs of learners with different learning styles, preferences and special educational needs in an intercultural learning context
  3. Recognise and deploy appropriate teaching strategies to engage learners with varied muliple intelligence profiles
  4. Select suitable technologies to assist learners with special educational needs
  5. Choose and implement motivational strategies to engage a diverse range of learners within the learning environment
  6. Describe a range of learning difficulties that learners may present with, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia.

Indicative Time Allowances
Independent Learning Time 75

Total 75
Assume that a 5 credit module load represents approximately 75 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus
  • Theme 1
    Introduction to Psychology in Education - Psychosocial, Cognitive Development & Behavourism
  • Theme 2
    Learning Theories - Humanisitic approaches to learning - Recognition & Appreciation of Diverse Learning styles - Appreciating the concept of Multiple Intelligence
  • Theme 3
    Motivation Theories and Strategies
  • Theme 4
    Appreciation of Special Needs & Learning Difficulties in Inclusive settings -- Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in assisting those with special educational needs
  • Theme 5
    Intercultural Learning - Supporting diversity in Learning Environment
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Indicative Reading List
  • Snowman, J., McCown, R., & Biehler, 2009, Psychology Applied to Teaching, 12th edition. USA: Houghton Mifflin Company.
  • Woolfolk, A., Huighes, M., & Walkup, V. 2008, Psychology in Education, 1st edition. London, England: Pearson Longman.
  • Petty, G 2004, Teaching Today, 3rd edition. UK: Nelson Thornes Ltd.
  • Spalton, E 2004, The Special Needs Handbook, 2nd edition. UK: First & Best in Education Ltd
  • Dare, A., & O'Donovan, M. 2004, Good Practice in Caring for Young Children with Special Needs, 2nd edition. UK: Nelson Thornes Ltd.
  • Rose, D. H., & Meyer, A. 2002, Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age; Universal Design for Learning, 1st edition. Virginia, USA: ASCD.
  • Rogers, J. 2007, Adults Learning, 5th edition. London, England: McGraw. Hill Companies.
  • Knowles, M. S., HoltonIII, E. F., & Swanson, R. A. 2005, The Adult Learner, 6th edition. USA: Elsevier Inc. ButterworthHeinemann
  • Joyce, B., Weil, M., & Calhoun, E. 2009, Models of Teaching, 8th edition. USA: Pearson
  • Curzon, L., B. 2005, in Further Education 6th edition. UK: Continuum
  • Gardner, H. 2006, Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons 2nd edition. NY: Basic Books
  • Reece, I., & walker, S. 2004, Teaching, Training and Learning 5th edition. UK: Business Education Publishers Ltd.
  • King, F. 2006, Spcial Education in Irish Classrooms; Apractical Guide 1st edition. Dublin, Ireland: Primary ABC
  • Wood, D. 2004, How Children Think and Learn 7th edition. UK: Blackwell Publishing.
  • Armitage, A., Bryant, R., Dunnill, R., Hammersley, M., Hayes, D., Hudson, A., & Lawes, S. 2002, Teaching and Training in PostCompulsory Education 4th edition. UK: Open University Press.

Programme or List of Programmes
ETBSc in Education & Training