Disorders of Language & Cognition - Theoretical Perspectives & Approaches to Intervention - EDU00037H

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  • Department: Education
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Claudine Bowyer-Crane
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2017-18 to Summer Term 2017-18

Module aims

  • To develop students understanding of disorders of language, learning and cognition, and the educational impact of these disorders.
  • To introduce students to current approaches to intervention and the importance of an evidence base.
  • To enable students to independently analyse a range of sources from psychology and education and to critically engage with the overlaps between these disciplines
  • To enable students to be able to engage with different forms of evidence, reviewing their reliability, validity and significance to the field of psychology in education

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • Examine at an advanced level the different theoretical perspectives on disorders of language, learning and cognition.
  • Examine issues of assessment and diagnoses including consideration of the advantages and disadvantages of diagnoses and labels.
  • Understand the different levels of explanation i.e. biological, cognitive and behavioural.
  • Apply comprehensive and detailed knowledge of theoretical concepts in seeking to understand the ways in which interventions are developed and delivered

Academic and graduate skills

  • Formulate academic arguments in written and oral form
  • Proactively seek out and engage with a range of sources and critically evaluate the reliability and validity of these in informing and supporting academic argumentation
  • Analyse and critically evaluate the ways in which theories and data from differing disciplines can inform each other and enhance understanding (in this case, of learning development and educational diversity)
  • Work proactively and autonomously to select and manage information and use this to engage effectively in academic debate
  • Use the VLE and Internet effectively


Task Length % of module mark
5,000 word literature review
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
5,000 word essay
N/A 100

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Indicative reading

Brooks, P.J. & Kempe, V. (2012). Language Development. West Sussex: BPS Blackwell

Cain, K. (2010). Reading Development and Difficulties. West Sussex: BPS Blackwell

Carroll, J.M., Bowyer-Crane, C.A., Duff, F.J., Hulme, C., & Snowling, M.J. (2011). Developing Language and Literacy. West Sussex: Wiley Blackwell.

Hulme, C. & Snowling, M.J. (2009). Developmental Disorders of Language, Learning and Cognition. West Sussex: Wiley Blackwell

Marks Woolfson, L. (2011). Educational Psychology: The Impact of Psychological Research on Education. Essex: Prentice Hall.

Norbury, C.F., Tomblin, J.B., & Bishop, D.V.M. (2008). Understanding Developmental Language Disorders. Hove: Psychology Press.

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