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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2014 - 2015

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

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorDr Ger ScanlonOffice NumberCA115a
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to assist students to identify individual differences across 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 relationship between cognitive, social and emotional difficulties on academic attainment.
3. Distinguish the differences between formal and informal educational assessment
4. Develop individual programmes to promote inclusionary practices within 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
Professional Practice46work based reflection and experiences
Professional Practice55research and reading
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

Theme 3
Inclusionary practices within various education contexts

Theme 4
The relationship between psychological and educational outcomes

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
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.,
  • 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,
  • Curzon, L., B.: 2005, in Further Education 6th edition. UK: Continuum,
  • Gardner, H.: 2006, Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons 2nd edition. NY: Basic Books,
  • 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.,
  • Gregg. Noel.: 2009, Adolescents and Adults with Learning Disabilites and ADHD: Assessment and Accommodtion., First, Guilford Press, London,
  • Stevens. P. & O' Moore. M.: 2009, Inclusion or Illusion, Blackhall, Ireland,
  • Miller, D., Linn. R., & Gronlund. N.: 2009, Measurement and Assessment in Teaching, 10th, Pearson, United States,
  • Wilkinson. W.K.: 2003, Straight Talk about AD?HD: A guide to Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder for Irish Parents and Professionals, Collins Press, Ireland,
  • Delfos, F.M.: 2004, Children and Behavioural Problems, Kinglsey,
  • Lovecky. D.V.: 2004, DIfferent Minds: GIfted Children with AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome and other Learning Deficits., Kingsley, London,
  • Axline. Virgina. M.: 1974, Dibs: In Search of Self, Penguin, London,
  • Haddon. Mark.: 0, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime,
  • Griffin. S. & Shevlin. M.: 2007, Responding to Special Educational Needs: An Irish Perspective, Gill & MacMillan, Dublin,
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