An examination of the contribution of psychology to an understanding of educational processes with a focus on the learner, learning processes and instruction. Issues of theory, research and application will be studied in a variety of educational situations.
This course provides in depth exploration of the strategies and interventions for maintaining positive learning environments that support effective school engagement and achievement.
256.701 Ako: Psychology of Learning and Teaching15 credits
A study of learning and teaching processes within an ecological and developmental framework emphasising what learners bring to their learning and factors that support and hinder engagement. A focus on the use of psychological tools for learning/teaching (use of language, literacy and numeracy) allows in depth consideration of complex higher order processes and how they can be developed.
256.702 Ahurei: The Psychology of Unique Differences15 credits
A study of how learners and teachers bring their diversity (defined by sociocultural, medical, developmental, and psychological frameworks) to their learning and teaching. A critical analysis of the way society and government systems defines and responds to diversity is central to this course, as is consideration of how contemporary inclusive education and positive psychology can better support learning for all.
256.703 He Taiao Ako: Psychology of Educational Settings15 credits
A study of formal and informal educational settings, beginning with the teaching-learning relationship that is parenting, and moving through formal child and adolescent educational contexts into adult education. The psychological frameworks that help us understand the complexity of these settings and the interactions that occur within them are examined, along with how best to approach professional work in these settings.
256.704 Waiora: Psychology of Wellbeing and Ako15 credits
A study of traditional and contemporary positive approaches to understanding and responding to mental health and wellbeing needs. A focus on the roles of schools in promotion and prevention is provided with reference to systemic, whole school, small group, and individual interventions. Evidence-based approaches to intervention are introduced, along with processes for risk-assessment in relation to mental health.
256.705 Whanaungatanga: Psychology of Relationships in Ako15 credits
A study into space for relationships and relationship trust that underpin development and learning. The role of tikanga and psychological approaches that rely on relationships, such as interviewing, counselling, mediation, conflict resolution are explored, along with the multi-disciplinary situations that are inherent in educational and developmental psychology.
256.706 Whakapiki: Psychology of Change and Development15 credits
A study of models and approaches that support the instigation and facilitation of change at the system, classroom, home, or individual levels. Contemporary practice in talking therapies, motivational interviewing, and brief therapy are explored and consideration is also given to specific issues such as disaster response, the impacts of trauma, principles of psychological recovery and the development of resilience.
Educational and Developmental Psychology
256.754 Assessment in Educational Psychology30 credits
An in-depth analysis and application of traditional and contemporary approaches to assessment in Educational Psychology.
256.755 Professional Practice in Educational Psychology30 credits
Competencies, attitudes and dispositions that contribute to professional practice in Educational Psychology are examined, critiqued and developed. Particular attention is given to bicultural issues, professional ethical issues, accountability and reflective practice.
256.756 Applied Behaviour Analysis for Educators30 credits
This course focuses on applied behaviour analysis oriented to analysis, assessment and intervention within school and other educational settings. The course is designed to assist students to be aware of environmental/behavioural relationships, to be able to observe, analyse and assess interactive behaviour in an educational setting, and be able to recommend, implement, evaluate and adjust therapeutic interventions.
Casework involving preschoolers, children and adolescents and their caregivers/teachers/whanau is undertaken during the year under supervision of registered psychologists. Analysis of the casework is presented to be assessed throughout the course. The folio of casework includes projects that centre on working with individuals, groups and systems. The casework undertaken will be decided according to the individual and professional development needs of the student.
256.843 Professional Practice Examination Process30 credits
The examination process is in reference to the professional practice portfolio and reports from field supervisors. The oral examination process involves a thorough investigation of the year's work as presented by the student and with reference to the Core Competencies of the New Zealand Psychologists' Board.
256.844 Advanced Professional Practice in Educational Psychology30 credits
Advanced study and supervised professional practice in educational and developmental psychology with a focus on professional reflection.
256.845 Advanced Professional Practice in Educational Psychology II30 credits
Continued advanced study and supervised professional practice in Educational Psychology with particular emphasis on the Core Competencies (NZ Psychologists Board) required for clinical practice.
256.846 Discipline Knowledge, Scholarship and Research30 credits
Application of discipline knowledge, scholarship and research in supervised professional practice in educational and developmental psychology
256.847 Educational and Developmental Psychology Thesis60 credits
A supervised and guided research study presented in an academic thesis.
256.854 Educational and Developmental Psychology Assessment30 credits
Advanced study in contemporary assessment in educational and developmental psychology.
256.855 Educational and Developmental Psychology Practice30 credits
Advanced study of professional practice in educational and developmental psychology. Principles, frameworks, competencies, attitudes and dispositions that underpin professional practice are critiqued and developed. Particular attention is given to bicultural issues, professional ethics, accountability and reflective practice.
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