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EQ956-30 The Developing Child in School

Department Education Studies

Level Taught Postgraduate Level

Module leader Professor Olympia Palikara

Credit value 30

Module duration 10 weeks

Assessment 100% coursework

Study location University of Warwick main campus, Coventry


This module provides students with the opportunity to explore childhood and adolescence through a developmental perspective within a school context. Students will consider a range of theories that underpin development and use a range of research skills to apply this knowledge and understanding, discerning developmentally appropriate practice in school settings.

Principle Module Aims and Outcomes
  • To acquire knowledge and understanding of the key aspects of human development from childhood to adolescence in relation to the school context.
  • To develop an understanding of theories underpinning such development and the differences between them
  • To be able to apply this newly acquired knowledge and understanding to discerning developmentally appropriate practice in school settings.
  • To be able to analyse and discuss theories and empirical studies and their practical application to understanding child development in the schools.
  • To be able to use a range of research skills appropriate to the discipline

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

This module will explore key theoretical models related to the developing child in the school context.
Topics considered will include the relationship between cognitive development and academic achievement; the role of language development as risk and protective factor during childhood and adolescence; socio-emotional development and mental health In the school context; atypical development and how to best support pupils in the classroom; the role of educational transitions and their effect on pupils' educational and psychosocial outcomes. This module will consider these issues through an ecological-systemic approach and key educational implications on supporting children through primary and secondary education will be discussed and debated.

Study time
Type Required
Lectures 10 sessions of 2 hour (7%)
Seminars 10 sessions of 1 hour (3%)
Private study 205 hours (68%)
Total 300 hours
Presentation 25%
Essay 75%
Module Information

This is an optional module for MA Childhood in Society, MA Education, MA Educational Innovation, MA Educational Leadership and Management, MA Islamic Education: Theory and Practice, and MA Psychology and Education.