EDPROF 706 : The Psychology of Teaching

Education and Social Work

2022 Summer School (1220) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Critically examines and evaluates contemporary psychological theories of learning and teaching and how these can be applied to professional practice.

Course Overview

This course has a strong practice focus. It will be of interest to practitioners working in a range of sectors (early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary education). 

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Master of Education

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Critique and evaluate the contribution of selected psychological theories / perspectives / frameworks to our understanding of learning and teaching (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 5.2, 6.1 and 6.2)
  2. 2.Critically examine the application of selected psychological theories / perspectives / frameworks with reference to teaching, learning and improving outcomes for learners. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.2, 3.2, 3.3, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Essay 40% Individual Coursework
Investigation 60% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2

Students must complete all components of the assessment requirements to achieve an overall pass in this course. Completion to the satisfaction of the examiners means students must achieve at least 50% in the course and submit all parts of all assessment tasks.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 30 point course and students are expected to spend 20 hours per week if enrolled in a 30 point course 

For this course, you can expect 15 hours of lectures,  at least 50 hours of reading and thinking about the content and at least 40 hours of work on assignments.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

This course has been planned as an on-campus experience. Attendance on campus is thus required. However delivery mode will be dependent on University decisions regarding on campus attendance under COVID 19 restrictions . Should on campus attendance be prevented the course will be delivered synchronously through the zoom platform as per schedules dates and times for the course. 
The activities for the course are scheduled as block delivery

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

The course reading list (available through CANVAS site) is comprised of both required and recommended readings.  The required readings will be available through Talis. In regard to the recommended readings students will be expected to access these through the library databases. 

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

We have amended the 2022 start dates for the course for 2022 starting earlier than in 2021

Other Information

This course has been developed for those with a teaching background so is not suitable for  those without such a background 

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.