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Course description

Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2021-22

Instructional Psychology is a subject which is part of the basic training “Learning and Development of Personality” module within the syllabus of a Primary Teacher Degree. This subject is studied in second year and is related to Educational Psychology, the contents of which should be mastered in-depth. The aims and objectives of Instructional Psychology focus on the analysis of cognitive processes when dealing with the basic skills involved in reading, writing, mathematics and science and on the main instructional procedures involved in the teaching and learning process.



Course content (verified by ANECA in official undergraduate and Master’s degrees)

General Competences (CG)

  • CG1 : Identify information needs and then find, analyse, process, evaluate and communicate it effectively, critically and creatively.
  • CG7 : Capacity for criticism and self-criticism, giving reasoned judgements and ethical, professional and personal commitment. Motivated to improve quality.
  • CG8 : Understand learning as a global, complex and transcendent fact, control one's own learning and mobilise all kinds of knowledge, adapting to new situations and connecting knowledge as a means of creating new knowledge.


Specific Competences (CE)

  • CE12 : Express oneself orally and in writing with the necessary fluency and precision in Catalan and Spanish to be able to teach at primary level and also use a foreign language as a vehicle in certain classroom situations.
  • CE2 : Understand the characteristics and conditions in which school learning takes place and indentify how this could affect the development of the students and act as a tutor, focusing on the students and parents of your group. All seeking understanding and cooperation with the families, bearing in mind different family contexts and lifestyles.
  • CE3 : Organise teaching in the framework of the epistemological paradigms of the subjects of the degree course, combining one's knowledge of the discipline with the transversal and multidisciplinary knowledge needed for the respective levels of education, showing one's understanding of the learning aims of the areas of knowledge laid down in the primary education curriculum.
  • CE6 : Encourage students to act as responsible and critical citizens to promote the shared construction of democratic standards of coexistence and work together to resolve problematic situations and conflicts. Be able to analyse social inequalities in the framework of the complex education-school relationship and the role of teachers in reproducing and/or transforming them.
  • CE8 : Assume the ethical dimension of teaching, acting responsibly, making decisions and critically analysing educational concepts and proposals proceeding from both research and innovation and from educational administration.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2021-22

1. Get to know the theoretical and epistemological framework of this subject, which acts as a bridge between the theories of teaching and learning.

2. Analyze the main learning processes in Primary Education and the structure of content teaching.

3. Get to know and be aware of the learner's role on knowledge acquisition and transformation.

4. Learn the basic scholar acquisition skills: reading, writing, mathematics and sciences.

5. Get to know and design instructional processes to teach concepts, procedures and thinking strategies in the context of classroom learning.

6. Foster critical thinking on the application of educational knowledge in teaching.

7. Develop team work skills and criteria to present reports and reviews.

8. Be aware of cooperative work as a tool for personal and professional development.

9. Develop a professional attitude and behavior, according to moral principles of teaching.




Code: 17525
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 6,00
Theoretical credits: 1,20
Practical credits: 1,20
Distance-base hours: 3,60

Departments involved

    Theoretical credits: 1,2
    Practical credits: 1,2
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

Study programmes where this course is taught