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EQ214-15 and EQ320-15 The Developing Child in the School Context

Department Education Studies

Level Undergraduate Level 2 and 3

Module leader Olympia Palikara

Credit value 15

Module duration 10 weeks

Assessment 100% coursework

Study location University of Warwick main campus, Coventry


This module is an introduction to human psychological development from childhood to adolescence in relation to the school context. The module aims to help students develop awareness, understand and analyse some of the different theoretical approaches of human development to interpret child behaviour as well as the systems of beliefs and values underpinning major developmental theories and aspects of development in the school context. It builds up on students’ own experiences, encouraging them to reflect upon the interplay between theory and practical reality in school settings.

Principle Module Aims and Outcomes
  • To develop a good knowledge and understanding with regard to key areas of the child and adolescent development and the relevant applications in the school context.
  • To develop a critical understanding of psychological and educational theories in relation to child and adolescent development.
  • To use a range of research skills appropriate to the discipline.
  • To understand the implications of psychological and educational research and the way it shapes policy and practice with regard to the developing child in the school context.
  • To be able to use a range of research skills appropriate to the discipline.
  • Cognitive development and the effect on academic achievement during primary and secondary education
  • Language development as risk and protective factors during childhood and adolescence
  • Socio-emotional development during childhood and adolescence
  • Atypical Development
  • An ecological-systemic approach to childhood and adolescence: the role of schools, peers and community
  • The importance of play in the school context
  • Transition from primary to secondary education
  • Adolescence and the effect on child’s educational and psychosocial development
  • Transition from compulsory education to post compulsory education
Study time
Type Required Optional
Lectures 10 sessions of 1 hour (8%)  
Seminars 10 sessions of 2 hours (17%)  
Tutorials (0%) 1 session of 30 minutes
Private study 90 hours (75%)  
Total 120 hours  
  Weighting Study time
Presentation 25% 15 hours

Individual presentation.

Essay 75% 15 hours

Selection of essay titles will be provided to the students and they will be asked to select one and write a 2000 words assignment.