The Psychology of Exceptional Learning

Subject EDUC90278 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

March, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Parkville Campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 18 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.


Dr John Munro


Education Student Centre
Subject Overview: This subject examines concepts, theories and issues in educational and developmental psychology necessary to understand and diagnose academic learning disabilities that will lead to effective curriculum development. It will examine the individual differences in cognitive structures such as the representation of knowledge by learners, short-term and long-term memory, cognitive and metacognitive processes, and the affective processes associated with understanding learning, such as self-efficacy and motivation to learn.
Objectives: On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  • Understand the developmental processes that underpin a student's abilities to successfully engage in literacy and numeracy learning
  • Describe the role of long- and short- term memory, meta-cognitive processes and affective processes in learning
  • Investigate how curriculum can be developed to assist students to develop and cope with their particular learning difficulty.
Assessment: An essay of approx 4,000 words that provides a critical examination of a major concept or issue in the psychology of exceptional learning and its implications for improving instruction/education/pedagogy. (100 per cent)
Prescribed Texts: McInerney D.M. & V. McInerney. (1998) Educational Psychology: Constructing Learning. Sydney: Prentice Hall

Kaufman, A.S. & Kaufman, N.L. (2000). Specific learning disabilities and difficulties in children and adolescents. Cambridge University Press.

Slavin, R.E. (1997). Educational Psychology: Theory and practice. Needham heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Related Course(s): Master of Education (Specific Learning Difficulties)
Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Studies (Generalist)
Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Studies(Specific Learning Diff.)
Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Generalist)

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