Learning and Development
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Õppimine ja areng
Course title in English
Learning and Development
ECTS credits
Assessment form
lecturer of 2021/2022  Autumn semester
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lecturer of 2021/2022  Spring semester
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Course aims
To create opportunities for providing students with an overview of:
- neural mechanisms that drive learning and development;
- cognitive functions that underlie academic skills and subskills;
- the aspects which facilitate learning and development in different environments.

Brief description of the course
The processes which enable learning and development at different levels will be discussed. A consideration of the fundamental neural mechanisms that are responsible for memory formation and processing speed/capacity form the foundation in understanding how those mechanisms collaborate to produce cognition. How cognition- of how brain perceives and processes the sensory information in order to create a coherent understanding of the environment- as well as metacognition- being aware of one’s awareness- allow self-control and learning specific academic skills is relevant to understand, to come up with and successfully implement an educational innovation.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- has an overview of the neural mechanisms that enable learning;
- has acquired an understanding of how these mechanisms produce cognition;
- knows which cognitive functions underlie the ability to perceive speech, learn to read and write, perceive quantities, operate with these quantities and perform complex abstract mental operations;
- understands the role of metacognition in the process of learning;
- knows how environment can either facilitate or inhibit development.
Anneli Veispak