Educational Psychology which is one of the required courses for the Master of Education (MEd) and PhD programmes. The course begins with discussion on what is psychology and the origin of psychology as a discipline. This is followed by an examination of different explanations of human learning, focusing on three main schools of thought; namely, behaviourism, cognitivism and constructivism. All the concepts, principles and theories of learning are examined in relation to their application in the classroom. Students are encouraged to discuss the implications of the various theories on teaching and learning at all levels of education.
Episode 1 - What is Psychology?
Episode 1 traces the origin of psychology as a discipline, the various branches of psychology and the role of the teacher as a theorist and a practitioner.
Episode 2 - Behavioural Learning Theories
Episode 2 discusses the behavioural theories as proposed by Ivan Pavlov, B.F. Skinner and E.L. Thorndike. Behavioural theories ignore mental events and focus on overt expression of behaviours.
Episode 3 - Cognitive Learning Theories
Episode 3 introduces the cognitive revolution and discussion of some of its early proponents such as the Gestalt psychologists,Jean Piaget, David Ausubel and Albert Bandura.
Episode 4 - The Information Processing Model
Episode 4 focuses on the information processing model discussed in this topic, emphasises the need to study the mental events involved in the processing of information.
Episode 5 - Constructivism and Metacognition
Episode 5 reintroduces an old concept, in the form of constructivism which emphasises that reality is constructed by the learner.
Episode 6 - Critical and Creative Thinking
Episode 6 discusses the attributes of critical and creative thinking and how it may be enhanced in the classroom, when teaching existing subject areas.