2023-2024 / PSYC5909-1

Psychology of school learning: Neurocognitive approach


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in psychology and education : general3 crédits 


Martine Poncelet

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course aims to study the psychological processes underlying the fundamental school subjects (reading, writing, arithmetic). It will address, among other things, the relationships between school learning and memory, attentional, executive, metacognitive and language capacities. It will adress also the links between brain functionning  and learning, as well as the contribution of cognitive neuroscience to understanding learning processes. Particular learning situations will also be mentioned, such as school learning in a second language (children who do not have the language of instruction as their mother tongue, children following an early bilingual immersion education) and finally the school learning difficulties the child may have to face.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Have a critical view of the contribution of cognitive neuroscience in the field of learning.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Having previously taken the "Psychology of Cognition and Language - Part 1" course will help students to better understand this course.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

ex-cathedra + subjects to prepare for discussion during class

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)


Recommended or required readings

Recommanded readings :

Ferrand, L., Lété, B., & Thevenot, C. (2018). Psychologie cognitive des apprentissages scolaires. Apprendre à lire, écrire, compter. Malakoff, France : Dunot.

Houdé, O, & Borst, G. (2018). Le cerveau et les apprentissages. Nathan.


Sander et al. (2018). Mythes et réalités.
Les Neurosciences en éducation. Paris: Retz.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire )

Additional information:

Written exam (MCQ)

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course



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