Psychological and Pedagogical Issues of School Learning: Cognitive Processes and Learning Disabilities



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

The course deals with cognitive issues of learning. The latest scientific findings of developmental cognitive neuroscience on the relationship between brain and behavior contribute to the understanding of typical and atypical cognitive processes. Understanding the most common learning disabilities is supported by case studies, through which the unique manifestations of the general syndrome are highlighted as well. The course lays an emphasis on making use of the findings of the above mentioned fields of psychology in school practice, and on the conveyance of this knowledge in an understandable way to school leaders and teachers.

  • Donders, J. & Hunter, S.J. (Eds.) (2010). Principles and Practice of Lifespan Developmental Neuropsychology. Cambridge University Press.
  • Hale, James B. & Fiorello, Catherine A. (2004). School Neuropsychology: A Practitioner's Handbook. The Guilford Press.
  • Kaufman, Alan S. and Kaufman, Nadeen L. (eds.) (2001). Specific learning disabilities and difficulties in children and adolescents Psychological assessment and evaluation. Cambridge University Press.
  • Wendling, B. J. & Mather, N. (2009). Essentials of Evidence-Based Academic Interventions, Wiley.
  • Westwood, P. (2004). Learning an Learning Difficulties: A handbook for teachers, Acer Press.