|09240092||Faculty of Education||Department: Educational Psychology|
|Minimum duration of study: 2 years||Total credits: 128||NQF level: 08|
Subject to exceptions approved by the Dean, on the recommendation of the relevant head of department, a student may not sit for an examination for the honours degree more than twice in the same module.
A final-year student who has failed a maximum of three semester modules or their equivalent, with a final mark of at least 40% in each, may be admitted by the Dean to a Chancellor's examination/s in these modules during January of the following year, provided that this will enable the student to comply with all the requirements for the degree.
A research project is compulsory and must be handed in for examination, as prescribed by the particular department.
The degree is conferred with distinction on a student who has obtained an average of at least 75%, with a minimum of 70% in each module (no rounding).
Minimum credits: 128
When the full-time option is chosen, all "Fundamental" and "Core" modules must be selected. When the part-time option is chosen, NMQ 745, EDS 711, CDD 710 and KGG 730 must be selected in the 1st year and NMQ 755, LDS 730, NOS 780 and LOT 730 must be selected in the final year.
Guided literature research, formulation of a conceptual framework and development of a research proposal for a supervised research project of limited scope.
Supervised research project of limited scope. Application of quantitative and/or qualitative research methods. Writing a research report and presenting a research paper in a team. Classes will be directed towards using real-life examples from educational contexts, through which students learn the theory and methods associated with various approaches to research. It will includea sound foundation in the understanding of meta-theories and the application of the philosophical underpinnings within educational research.
Meta-theories in education. Empiricism; rational empiricism; critical rationalism; critical theory; phenomenology; hermeneutics; system theory; philosophies in education: traditional philosophies; indigenous (African) philosophies. The influence of modernism and postmodernism on education. Sociological imperatives for education. Theories of societal change and roles and values of education. Comparative perspectives on learning theories and their meaning for education.
Theoretical basis and nature of learning diversity, learning problems/barriers to learning, learning disabilities, cognitive functioning and special educational needs. Background, principles and implementation of inclusive education policy. Principles and practical application of learning support. Identification, screening, informal assessment and support to learners who display spoken and written language, mathematics, perceptions and non-verbal learning difficulties.
The Socio-emotional health and wellbeing module is aimed at educating students in the proactive promotion of wellbeing through socio-emotional learning and socio-emotional competence. It lays the theoretical foundation for informing stakeholders how students, teachers, parents and significant caregivers can help, guide and support (young) people in order to understand how they act in the family system and society context. The module explores systemic support strategies in contexts of high need. The module furthermore aims to assist students in developing the socio-emotional skills of people (especially younger people).
The Learning diversity module aims to introduce the theory of effective learning and barriers to learning. It will discuss enablers of effective learning, how barriers to learning can be addressed, the implications of inclusion when accommodating learners with barriers to learning, and how learning can be facilitated in multilingual contexts. It reviews the assessment of difficulties in reading, spoken and written language, mathematics, perceptual development as well as non-verbal learning challenges.
The Life design module aims to provide an overview of career theories with emphasis on the life design paradigm in a South African career counselling context. This module will equip students with the knowledge and skills required to provide meaningful and relevant career guidance services by applying the principles of major career theories alongside the principles of life design. Students will be introduced to using career information and education to foster career development. Students will learn how to facilitate the process of life design with learners in order to enable them to construct a career in equilibrium with other life demands.
The nature of educational enquiry: contexts of research, research ethics, truth, rationality, subjectivity and objectivity; Quantitative and qualitative modes of enquiry, research designs and data collection techniques. Various approaches to qualitative research including case study research, historical research, ethnographic research, and action research. Basic concepts and principles of quantitative research. Statistical techniques in the educational research process. Survey methodology and questionnaire design. Classification and graphical representation of data. Descriptive measures. Statistical inference. Data-processing procedures. Parametric versus non-parametric tests. Some test statistics (e.g. F-Test and T-test). Formulating a research methodology for a limited project.
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