This module can only be studied as part of a qualification (see 'Qualifications' for those that are relevant).
You must hold a bachelors degree from a UK university or other recognised degree-awarding body, or a qualification at equivalent level.
You are expected to have some experience in education or an allied field, but you need not be a practising teacher. You do not need access to an educational institution, but you will need child or adult participants for the small-scale study. We have designed the module to be accessible to all students working at masters level. Knowledge of psychology is not essential, though if you have already taken child development courses that will clearly be an asset. An understanding of research design and the research methods used in education and/or psychology will be an advantage.
The module is taught in English, and your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study, as you will need to read and understand original journal articles written in English. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you seek assessment under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see their website for details.
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please contact speak to an adviser.
If you have never studied a course in child development, we suggest you read either:
H. R. Schaffer (2003) Introducing Child Psychology, Wiley Blackwell
P. K. Smith, H. Cowie, M. Blades (2003) Understanding Children’s Development, 4th Ed., Wiley Blackwell
M. Harris (2008) Exploring Developmental Psychology: Understanding Theory and Methods, Sage Publications
If you have studied a course in child development or developmental psychology as an undergraduate you could read one of the following:
P. Hobson (2002) The Cradle of Thought: Exploring the Origins of Thinking, Pan Books
B. Rogoff (2003) The Cultural Nature of Human Development, Oxford University Press