ED841 is for people working with children and young people and looks at children's development and learning in cultural, educational and social contexts. It explains how theoretical and methodological frameworks contribute to understanding developmental change and how psychological research can inform educational and clinical practice. You will learn about how children actively contribute and shape their own development through meaningful interaction with others and how the study of atypical development and individual difference contributes to theory and practice. You will also carry out a small-scale, observational study and will design an extended research proposal relevant to your own professional interests.
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This course is designed for teachers and others interested in psychological accounts of children’s development and learning, and those who work with children and young people in a professional capacity. It invites you to engage with contemporary accounts and theories of children’s development and to consider how these are relevant to educational practice. The course addresses the following questions:
This course is for those are interested in finding out how developmental psychologists and educational researchers attempt to answer these questions. It will appeal to parents, teachers and professionals wanting to find out about what psychological research can tell us about children’s development and learning. It will also be of interest to people who want to deepen their understanding of children’s learning difficulties, and those interested in the impact of new computer and web-based technologies on education.
ED841 will help you understand the main theoretical accounts, and research findings that attempt to explain children’s social, cognitive and emotional development from early infancy through the school years. The course also invites you to consider key debates about the applications of research on children’s development, and to consider how these inform decisions about educational and social practices that shape children’s experiences at home and at school.
Comparing and contrasting children’s developmental pathways in different cultural, social and pedagogic contexts will help enable you to evaluate current practice and any proposed changes to practice in childcare and education related to children’s care and development from an informed and critical perspective.
In addition to a comprehensive Study Guide, the study materials include a DVD and DVD-ROM. The DVD contains interviews with acknowledged experts in the fields of psychology and education as well as with teachers and educational psychologists. It also provides examples of classroom practice and clinical assessments used with children with learning difficulties. The DVD-ROM contains advice on observational research methods, together with a guided set of video-based observation activities to help you develop your skills and understanding in this area. You will carry out literature reviews and will be required to download and read original research articles and reports from the Open Library online databases, ejournal and ebook collections.
The continuous assessment component of the course involves three essay-type assignments. In addition, you will carry out and write up an observation-based small-scale investigation of teaching and learning processes. You can carry out this study with learners of any age, including adults, and you can locate it in either an informal context (e.g. home, playgroup or after-school club), or a formal educational context such as a preschool, school, college or adult learning centre. You will use what you learn from this small-scale investigation to help you to develop a project proposal (the end-of-module assessment (EMA)).
For the EMA, you will carry out a literature review and develop a research proposal that outlines and discusses how you would design an intervention study to evaluate changes to educational or clinical practice. This can focus on an aspect of teaching and learning related to your own interests or, if you work in an educational context, to an aspect of your professional practice.
This course can be studied on its own and is also an optional module in the MA in Education, MA in Childhood and Youth, MSc in Psychology or MA in Social Sciences.
You must hold a bachelors degree from a UK university or other recognised degree-awarding body, or a qualification at equivalent level.
You are expected to have some experience in education or an allied field, but you need not be a practising teacher. You do not need access to an educational institution, but you will need child or adult participants for the small-scale study. We have designed the course to be accessible to all students working at masters level. Knowledge of psychology is not essential, though if you have already taken child development courses that will clearly be an asset.
The course is taught in English, and your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study, as you will need to read and understand original journal articles written in English. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you seek assessment under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see their website for details.
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the course, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.
If you have never studied a course in child development, we suggest you read either
H. R. Schaffer (2003) Introducing Child Psychology, Wiley Blackwell
P. K. Smith, H. Cowie, M. Blades (2003) Understanding Children’s Development, 4th edn, Wiley Blackwell
M. Harris (2008) Exploring Developmental Psychology: Understanding Theory and Methods, Sage Publications
If you have studied a course in child development or developmental psychology as an undergraduate you could read one of the following:
P. Hobson (2002) The Cradle of Thought: Exploring the Origins of Thinking, Pan Books
B. Rogoff (2003) The Cultural Nature of Human Development, Oxford University Press
ED841 is an optional module in our:
Some postgraduate qualifications allow study to be chosen from other subject areas. We advise you to refer to the relevant qualification descriptions for information on the circumstances in which this module can count towards these qualifications because from time to time the structure and requirements may change.
Sometimes you will not be able to count a module towards a qualification if you have already taken another module with similar content. To check any excluded combinations relating to this module, visit our excluded combination finder or check with our Student Registration & Enquiry Service before registering.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.
Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader. Alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future. Our Services for disabled students website has the latest information about availability.
If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Visit our Services for disabled students website for more information, including:
Study Guide, DVD, CD-ROM, supplementary materials (presented online), one bought in book (Children's Minds by Margaret Donaldson), an online Reader containing a range of journal articles and book chapters, online forums and a dedicated website.
A CD and DVD player.
You will need a computer with internet access to study this course as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser.
You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information including the details of the support we provide.
You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. We may also be able to offer group tutorials or day schools that you are encouraged, but not obliged, to attend. Where your tutorials are held will depend on the distribution of students taking ED841. Contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.
The assessment details can be found in the facts box above.
You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) online through the eTMA system unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so. In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit your assignment on paper.
Your end-of-module assessment (EMA) must be submitted electronically.
The details given here are for the course that starts in October 2013. We expect it to be available once a year.
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|About this course:|
|Course work includes:|
|5 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)|
|No residential school|
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