Understanding Young Children - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Analysis Task (40%) , Case Study - Child Study (60%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,375.00
International 2,625.00

The unit emphasises a working knowledge of the development of children from birth to eight years, contemporary theories of early learning and development and a critical understanding of how social and cultural factors may impact on individuals and groups of children. Students will combine their understanding of child development in relation to contemporary theoretical perspectives with a demonstrated ability to use observation and analysis techniques effectively to conduct a child study. Students will also participate in various activities which will lead to the development of a reflective journal which will demonstrate synthesis of knowledge and understandings developed throughout the unit.

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

  1. identify key concepts and issues in regard to a range of theoretical perspectives about young children's development
  2. apply a range of observational tools to gather information about young children and the contexts in which they participate, grow and learn
  3. identify elements of the family, community and wider social contexts which impact upon young children's development and learning
  4. interpret observations effectively and professionally, with awareness of cultural influences on interpretation
  5. utilise a range of theoretical perspectives about child development to inform analysis of child observations
  6. relate theoretical perspectives to the personal and lived experiences of children and self.
  • Analysis Task (40%)
  • Case Study — Child 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:

  • EDEY7196 — Understanding Young Children
  • Additional materials
  • Audio/Visual equipment

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Theoretical perspectives of child development
2Studying children
3Physical growth and motor development
4Cognitive development: Exploring early childhood education theories
6Cognitive development: Pedagogical considerations
7Language and Literacy Development
8Emotional development
9Social Development
10Sex-related differences and gender roles
11The Family
12Peers, Media and Schooling

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  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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