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Educational Diversity: Exploring Individual Needs & Preferences - EDU00020I

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  • Department: Education
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Kathryn Asbury
  • Credit value: 30 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19 to Summer Term 2018-19

Module aims

  • To build on students understanding of the ways in which individual variations in learning needs and preferences manifest themselves in Education
  • To develop students understanding of the major theoretical perspectives on individual differences (e.g., theories of intelligence, personality, motivation, emotions) and on atypical development (e.g., theoretical perspectives on inclusion of students with learning disabilities, learning difficulties, attentional difficulties)
  • To enable students to analyse a range of information across disciplines (primarily psychology and inclusive education) and to critically engage with the overlaps between these disciplines
  • To enable students to be able to compare and contrast alternative means of gathering and evaluating data

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • Critically examine the ways in which personality, intelligence, learning preferences and individual background characteristics influence learning in childhood and adolescence
  • Understand the range of ways in which diversity in learner behaviour, attitudes, preferences and needs manifests itself within educational environments
  • Understand past and current theoretical perspectives on inclusive education, and consider the merits of contrasting positions from a range of stakeholders. In addition, understand historical changes in conceptualization of children an adolescents with atypical development
  • Critically examine the ways in which individual learning needs and preferences, such as differences in ability, cognitive style, motivation and mental health impact on learning in childhood and adolescence
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the interplay between biological, social and cognitive influences on individual variation, and of the development of individual learner differences, including atypical behaviours
  • Understand the implications of individual differences, educational diversity and atypical development for teachers and educational psychologists
  • Critically examine the cultural, ethnic and linguistic aspects of diversity in order tounderstand how they might affect the educational experiences and progress of individuals.

Academic and graduate skills

  • Formulate academic arguments in written and oral form
  • Manage a range of sources and critically evaluate the reliability and validity of these in informing and supporting academic argumentation
  • Analyse the ways in which theories and data from differing disciplines can inform each other and enhance understanding (in this case, of educational diversity)
  • Contribute to public discussion on atypical development and inclusive education
  • Use the VLE and Internet effectively


Task Length % of module mark
2000 word essay
N/A 40
3000 word information pack
N/A 60

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
2000 word essay
N/A 40
3000 word information pack
N/A 60

Module feedback

Individual written feedback reports, with follow-up tutor meeting if necessary. The feedback is returned to student within 6 weeks of submission.

Indicative reading

Dornyei, Z., & Ushioda, E. (2011). Teaching and researching motivation. Harlow: Longman.
Larsen, R.J., & Buss, D.M. (2010). Personality psychology: domains of knowledge about human nature. (4th ed.) New York: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.
Kring, A.M. (2010). Abnormal psychology. Hoboken, NJ: J. Wiley.
Wilmhurst, L. (2009). Abnormal child psychology: a developmental perspective. New York, London: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.
Elliott, J. (2005). Motivation, engagement and educational performance: international perspectives on contexts for learning. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

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