Introduction to Educational Theory


Draw upon your own personal experiences to illustrate the established educational theories that are widely utilised in all aspects of teaching and learning.

In this module, you will join the experts at Staffordshire University to explore motivation theories, learning styles, domains of learning and the principles of adult learning, you will also critically evaluate primary theories of learning such as behaviourism, constructivism, cognitivism, and social learning

By critically reflecting upon your own personal experiences you will begin to identify and critique various educational strategies that are employed in teaching and learning establishments.

Delivery method

The primary learning strategy utilised within this module is independent learning. The foundation and direction for your learning will be through the virtual learning environment, Blackboard, where you will be directed to the main theoretical concepts that you need to study although you will be expected to progress your knowledge through independent reading and reflection on how the theory can be applied in your own teaching and learning practice.

A variety of teaching methods will be utilised to include lead lectures, delivered through podcasts, and self directed PowerPoint presentations as well as more interactive activities such as identification of your learning style, formative quizzes, article critique, and online discussion forums. The practical experience of teaching in the healthcare setting that you bring will be the basis for reflection and discussion in the online discussion forums; you will be encouraged to reflect on your teaching strategies and student feedback.

Academic credits
Delivery method
Distance learning

3 Months

Entry requirements

A professional health or social care qualification / IELTS score 7.



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