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Understanding Theories of Teaching, Learning and Development

unit code Unit Code: EDU60017

About this unit

This unit aims to introduce students to theories of learning and development. They are introduced to the major theories of learning and explore how these relate to teaching processes. Students will be challenged to reflect upon their own belief system and how this relates to different contemporary theories and contexts of learning and its potential impact on teaching. In addition, students will explore how developmental factors impact learning.


After successfully completing this unit, students will be able to:

  • Critically analyse key learning theories and relate them to values, beliefs and contexts.
  • Critically reflect upon personal beliefs about learning and teaching and relate these to contemporary theories and practice.
  • Apply their understanding of learning theories to analyse pedagogy and classroom practice.
  • Demonstrate and communicate knowledge and understanding of the intellectual, physical, language, emotional, moral, social and psychological development of children and young people in contemporary society and how these may affect learning.

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