Educational Psychology (EDUF2006)


This unit of study is the first part of Education II. Its aim is to provide a general introduction to educational psychology. The important issues of the unit include constructivist and other approaches to learning, critical thinking skills, problem solving, technologically supported learning and motivation. This unit plays an important role in supporting later teaching and curriculum studies in the Bachelor of Education degree. At the end of this unit of study, students will have made substantial progress towards understanding the utility of research in psychology for educators. They will have the capacity to describe learning and teaching activities in terms of their psychological efficacy, especially as it relates to young people. Similarly they will have been introduced to the theory and practice of assessment and evaluation in educational settings, and the impact of assessment on learning and motivation. They will have had training in two Department of Education and Community policies, Good Discipline and Effective Learning, and Student Welfare.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


1x2-hr lecture/wk for 12 wks, 1x1-hr tutorial/wk for 12 wks


3 concept map quizzes (20%), 2000wd essay (40%), 1500wd per member group report (30%) with peer evaluations (10%)


McInerney, D.M (2015). Educational Psychology: Constructing learning (6th ed). Frenchs Forest: Pearson.

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Unit of study rules


(EDUF1018 and EDUF1019) or 30 junior credit points

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.