Students, especially of the adolescent and teenage groups face a lot of problems in their everyday life that is complicated by such issues as the stresses of studying and keeping up with the others in the class, the surge of hormones bringing in new areas of awareness and feelings, the home background that may not be a very congenial or happy one and pressures from peers and the community that they have to cope with. Counselors who are skilled at providing help and support for such disturbed young people are in great demand everywhere. Education Studies with Psychology and Counselling is aimed at teachers, managers of educational institutions and student counselors for helping these youngsters. This course could be divided into year-wise units consisting of various modules.
First Year Modules
The first year modules could normally consist of the aims of education, foundations of counselling, psychology of development and social behavior, cognitive processes and individual differences, observing learners and professionals, and policy studies in education. These courses aim to introduce the student counselor to the basics of counselling, the psychological aspects of the child’s development regarding behavior, thinking and learning.
Second Year Modules
The second year modules comprise of topics such as: counselling skills in education; thinking, learning and cognition; psychology of development; applied social psychology; individual differences, personality and intelligence; and thinking about educational practices. These modules aim at creating awareness in the students of the different skills and the different areas of individual human psychology and social psychology and the approaches used in counselling.
Along with these core modules, two more modules should be selected from the options such as: current approaches to TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages); e-learning, technology and education; inclusion in educational contexts; emotional intelligence in a learning environment; drama in educational contexts; exploring education: theories, perspectives, practices. These units aim to increase the knowledge and understanding of the students of the modern educational environment in the multicultural society with the rapidly advancing digital technology and their impact on the learner’s emotions and thinking processes.
Third Year Modules
The final year modules could comprise of: planning a research project; research project; counselling children and young people; integrating counselling skills and self; and current debates in psychology and counselling. The research project in the final year is the main focus. The methods of planning and carrying out a research project are studied before actually undertaking the project. The latest trends and issues in counselling are discussed along with how the counselling skills can be assimilated into one’s own psyche.
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