This masterclass covered a number of psychological constructs and theories that can be applied to staff-student interactions and teaching and learning in general. The over-arching aim of the session was to inspire us to always work with our students as individuals who bring their own unique set of characteristics, skills and experiences to the learning environment.  

The session covered the following ideas:

  1. Identity development in adolescence and early adulthood 
  2. Social identity theory: ‘student’ is just one ‘identity’
  3. Attachment theory and the adult learner
  4. Individual differences in attainment, motivation and experience

There are two sets of slides from the session, embedded below.

Masterclass Seeing the individual behind the student
Masterclass Attachment theory and the individual learner