Child Development for Educators - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment - Learning Journal (40%) , Case Study (60%)

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2018 Fees
Domestic 820.00
HECS 820.00
International 1,070.00

Situated in the context of theory and research, this unit provides an overview of typical and atypical human development from conception to early adolescence across physical, cognitive, social and emotional domains. Biological and environmental influences on development are examined. Implications for contemporary educators are explored with a focus on maximising developmental outcomes during the first 12 years of life. In addition to emphasis on Standard 1 (know your students and how they learn) of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, this unit focuses on effective engagement and interaction with parents/carers and maintaining safe school and care environments for children (Standards 3.7, 4.4 and 7.3). The corresponding Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority’s Curriculum Specification 1 (psychology and child development), 3 (early childhood pedagogies) and 4 (family and community contexts) are addressed.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. explain the important theories of child development in appropriate language
  2. interpret aspects of child development related to specific chronological age groups
  3. identify the impact and interaction of biological and environmental influences on child development to explain the differential development of children and adolescents
  4. explain how the interactions between the child, the caregivers, the home and educational environment impact on the effective development of the whole child
  5. recognise typical and atypical patterns of child physical, cognitive, social and emotional development using developmental indicators and recommend effective classroom intervention strategies.
  • Assignment — Learning Journal (40%)
  • Case Study (60%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • EDE103 — Children's Development (Birth-8 years)
  • EDP125 — Development and Education

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction and Physical Development
2Brain Development
3Cognitive Development (Piaget)
4Socio-cognitive Development (Vygotsky)
5Socio-cognitive Development (Language)
6Social Development
7Psychosocial Development (Erikson)
8Moral Development 1 (Kohlberg)
9Moral Development
10Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems Theory of Development
11Individual Differences and Special Needs 1
12Individual Differences and Special Needs 2

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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