Psychology of Education

MQF Level: 7

ECTS Value: 4 ECTS

Self Study Hours: 48

Contact Hours: 20

Duration: 8 sessions

Assessment Hours: 32


Overall Objectives and Outcomes

Educators need to understand the psychology behind the behaviour of students. It is important that educators study learners and the learning contexts within and outside of the classroom.  Educators need to evaluate factors such as age, culture, gender, physical and social environment that affect human learning. As practitioners working with children or young people, course participants need to be aware of the latest research related to human development so they can understand the emotional, social, cognitive dimensions of learning. Educators need to reflect about the different types of intelligence and the stages of human development. In this way, they can plan lessons that are in line with the developmental needs of the students. All this can be understood when cognitive, behavioural, constructivist, experiential, social and contextual theories are presented and discussed. The application of these theories will make course participants better equipped to deal with students.

By the end of this programme, participants should be able to:


a) Apply the psychological theories learnt to the own pratices in the classroom;

b) Create lesson plans considering the context and background of students

c) Present learning as an opportunity for praxis;

d) Teach in line with a more person-centered holistic education.


a) Describe the main 5 key theories in educational psychology – behaviourism, cognitivism, constructivism, experientialism as well as the social and contextual;

b) Describe the theories of intelligence;

c) Explain the theories of learning, key theories in educational psychology, stages of human development, theories of human intelligence and different types of development;

d) Define educational psychology and education in general.


a) Practise different skills, like empathy, communication, listening and emotional literacy in their classroom;

b) present a more person-centered holistic education;

c) Understand the actions and behaviour of the students in class;

d) Elicit knowledge and understanding from students in class, so as to enhance their potential;

e) Understand the stages and types of human development;

f) Understand better the behaviour of the students in the classroom;

Assessment Methods

This module will be assessed through: Assignment and Reflective Tasks.

Suggested Readings

Core Reading List
  1. Aubrey, K., and Riley, A. (2016). Understanding and Using Educational Theories. UK: Sage.
  2. Long, M., Wood, C., Littleton, K., Passenger, T and Sheehy, K. (2010). The Psychology of Education. UK: Taylor & Francis.
  3. Meadows, S. (2017). Understanding Child Development: Psychological Perspectives and Applications. UK: Taylor & Francis. 
Supplementary Reading List
  1. Kail, R.V., and Cavanaugh, J.C. (2014). Essentials of human development: A lifespan approach. Boston: Cengage Learning.  
  2. Pound, L. (2014). How Children Learn: Educational Theories and Approaches – from Comenius the Father of Modern Education to Giants Such as Piaget, Vygotsky and Malaguzzi. UK: Practical Pre-School Books.  
  3. Winebrenner, S., and Kiss, L. (2014). Teaching Kids with Learning Difficulties: In Today’s Classroom. US: Free Spirit Publishing Inc.,U.S.

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