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EDUC321 Educational Psychology

To examine, integrate, and apply theories of human development, learning, and assessment to the educational process.

Should well-being be taught in schools? Is self-control more important than self-esteem? Can digital technology transform learning? Is positive thinking overrated? Is there too much emphasis on measurement in assessment?

This paper is an introduction to the theoretical and research bases of educational psychology as it applies to classroom teaching. You will explore issues and concepts such as well-being, self-efficacy, constructivism, digital technology, motivation, talent development, and assessment.

Paper title Educational Psychology
Paper code EDUC321
Subject Education
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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EDUC 102 and one 200-level EDUC or PSYC paper
Schedule C
Arts and Music
May not be credited together with EDUC331 passed in 2005-2012.
A background in education, psychology, or sociology prepares you well for this paper. Please feel free to contact the instructor if you have any questions about your eligibility.

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Jane Carroll

Paper Structure

Topics may include, but will not be limited to:

  • Well-being
  • Development of the Self
  • Self-control
  • Learning Theories
  • Motivation
  • Talent development
  • Digital Technology
  • Assessment

Readings will be available through eReserve.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will:

  • Relate developmental theories to educational issues
  • Understand and relate psychological processes and socio-cultural factors to learning
  • Understand how theories of intelligence apply to learners with special needs
  • Apply principles of assessment to the development, use, and interpretation of formative and summative assessments
  • Demonstrate how to communicate assessment information with parents, colleagues, administrators

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 14:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41