Introduction to Developmental Psychology (Module 32542)

This module will cover conceptual and historical issues in developmental psychology, and explores the relationship between developmental psychology and the field of education including its relevance to educational research. 

Key paradigms in developmental psychology will be presented and developmental psychology research models and their underlying assumptions will be studied in reference to key areas of development. Ethical principles and research limitations will also be considered. 

The key themes and issues in developmental psychology will also be discussed, including continuous and discontinuous development, stability and change and the nature/nurture debate. The module will also consider how research and theories of these issues are applied to children's development and education.


By the end of the module you should be able to:

  • Explain the history of developmental psychology and its relevance to education;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of major themes and issues within developmental psychology and their relevance to education; identify and evaluate the key paradigms in developmental psychology;
  • Describe and evaluate the key research models used in developmental psychology;
  • Describe the Ethics of Psychological research.


20 credits


A group oral presentation with accompanying individual 1000 word script (50%); an exam (50%)

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