Education Psychology and Learner Support

Overview

The subject group Educational Psychology and Learner Support offers various study modules and programmes in Educational Psychology and Learner Support at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Educational Psychology focuses primarily on human cognition, affect and behaviour as they manifest in different developmental phases in diverse educational and societal contexts.

Learner support focuses primarily on learners who experience barriers to learning, and on how to identify, support and accommodate them optimally in inclusive classrooms and schools.

The undergraduate modules in Educational Psychology aim to equip student teachers with discipline-specific knowledge and an informed understanding of learners’ cognition, affect and behaviour as they manifest in the school situation, and on how to promote learners’ psychological well-being.

The undergraduate modules in Learner Support aim to equip student teachers with discipline-specific knowledge and an informed understanding of diverse barriers to learning and knowledge of how to identify, support and accommodate learners with barriers to learning optimally in inclusive classroom and school environments.

At postgraduate level the following programmes are offered in Educational Psychology:

  • BEdHons in Educational Psychology: The successful completion of the academic and practical parts of this programme leads to registration as a registered counsellor with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).
  • MEd in Educational Psychology: This is a research programme and requires the student to research a relevant topic in the field of Educational Psychology and to submit a dissertation for examination.
  • PhD in Educational Psychology: This is a research programme and requires the student to research a relevant topic in the field of Educational Psychology and to make an original and substantial contribution to the existing body of knowledge in Educational Psychology. A thesis must be submitted for examination.

At postgraduate level the following programmes are offered in Learner Support:

  • BEdHons in Learner Support Education: The aim of this programme is to equip teachers with specialised knowledge of and skills in the diverse barriers to learning and of how to identify, support and accommodate learners with barriers to learning optimally in inclusive classroom and school environments. These teachers will play specialised roles in school-based support teams and will render specialised support to learners who experience barriers to learning.
  • MEd in Learner Support Education: This is a research programme and requires the student to research a relevant topic in the field of Learner Support Education and to submit a dissertation for examination.
  • PhD in Learner Support Education: This is a research programme and requires the student to research a relevant topic in the field of Learner Support Education and to make an original and substantial contribution to the existing body of knowledge in Learner Support Education. A thesis must be submitted for examination.

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Life Orientation

Overview

In South African schools Life Skills is a compulsory subject for Grades R-6 and Life Orientation the compulsory subject from Grades 7 to 12. The rationale of the subject is to equip learners to become meaningful and successful in a changing society and world. As set out in the National Curriculum Statement (2011), these subjects develop skills, knowledge, values and attitudes in learners.

Life Orientation and Life Skills aim to guide and prepare learners to respond appropriately to life's responsibilities and opportunities;  equip learners to interact optimally on a personal, psychological, cognitive, motor, physical, moral, spiritual, cultural and socio-economic level; guide learners to make informed and responsible decisions about their own health and well-being and the health and well-being of others; expose learners to their constitutional rights and responsibilities, to the rights of others and to issues of diversity;  equip learners with knowledge, skills and values to make informed decisions about subject choices, careers, additional and higher education opportunities and the world of work; expose learners to various study methods and skills pertaining to assessment processes and expose learners to an understanding of the value of regular participation in physical activity.

To do justice to this subject in schools, it is important to train prospective teachers who can make a meaningful contribution to the education and training of the learners of our country. Teachers who present this subject will have a major share in the personal growth and social accountability of learners, which will also help to create a productive economy and therefore an improved quality of life for all citizens of the country.

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Movement Education

Overview

Movement Education addresses the focus areas of Physical Education and Sport Management. Physical Education is one of the focus areas of Life Orientation (50% of the time for Life Orientation in the school is allotted to Physical Education), while Sport Management is aimed at the work of a sport manager or sport organiser of the school. According to the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS), Life Orientation is one of the four compulsory core subjects that must be passed in Grade 12 before a learner will meet the requirements for obtaining a National Senior Certificate.

If you choose Physical Education and Sport Management as core module, you can facilitate Physical Education as well as Life Orientation in schools. To supplement your qualification as Physical Education teacher, you can also qualify as a sport manager, sport organiser, sports coach or recreation activity organiser.

The Physical Education and Sport Management core module includes the following: Sport history and ethics, basic sport skills, sport management, educational gymnastics, applied anatomy and physiology, exercise science, recreational science, educational dance, educational games, perceptual-motor development, talent identification, advanced sport skills, sport games and assessment.

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