Educational Psychology

(Course Code: 1260KEY, Course outline)

Semester: 8 Teaching Credits: 3 ECTS Credits: 6 Type:
Optional Compulsory
Prerequisite Courses:  – Course type: Skills development Instructor:
  • Learning Psychology and Educational Psychology: a foundation for teaching Theories of development
  • Behavioral Learning Theory: Operant Conditioning
  • Critics of the behavioral theories and their use in educational practice
  • Information Processing Theory
  • Social Cognitive Theory
  • Cognitive learning and teaching strategies, study skills, metacognitive skills, problem solving, development of critical thinking, etc.
  • Constructivist Learning Theory, Problem Solving, and Transfer
  • Student-centered and constructivist approaches to instruction. Motivating students to learn
  • Brief reference to Neo-Piagetian theories of cognitive development
  • Assessment of Classroom Learning
  • Becoming a Better Teacher by Becoming a Reflective Teacher
Topics per Week: 1. Introduction, discussion about course schedule

2. The object of Educational psychology.

3. Structure of intelligence. Theories of Spearman, Vernon, Thurstone, Guilford, Cattell and Piaget.

4. Learning theories: Learning and cognition, Behavioral perspective, Cognitive perspective, socio-cognitive perspective, Constructivist perspective.

5. Learning and motivation; Self-regulation in education.

6. Classroom Management

7. Dealing with students with emotional or behavioral disabilities.

8. Learning disabilities.

9. Students with disabilities. Categories, aetiology and treatment.

10. School assessment: Notion, construction of tests and their use in school practice, principles and assigning grades.

11. -13.Case study Presentations

Theory – Lectures
(hours / week)
Exercises – Laboratories
(hours / week)
Other Activities:

Case studies, Visits to schools, Working groups


Mandatory attendance and fullfillment of all assignments.

Assignment (10 points)

Presentations (10 points)

Program Design (10 points)

Participation (10 points)

Total (40 points)

Basic Textbook:
  • Kapsalis, Α. (2007). Educational Psychology. Thessaloniki: Kyriakidis.



Greek. For exchange students, English literature is proposed and examinations are given in English.

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