Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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; including effective methods for education professionals to support caregiver and child interactions
  5. appraise typical and atypical patterns of child physical, cognitive, social and emotional development using developmental indicators and recommend effective classroom intervention strategies
  6. demonstrate understanding of educational professionals’ mandated duty of care responsibilities and appropriate interactions with child development services.
  • Topics

    • Introduction and Physical Development
    • Brain Development
    • Cognitive Development (Piaget)
    • Socio-cognitive Development (Vygotsky)
    • Socio-cognitive Development (Language)
    • Social Development
    • Psychosocial Development (Erikson)
    • Moral Development 1 (Kohlberg)
    • Moral Development
    • Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems Theory of Development
    • Individual Differences and Special Needs 1
    • Individual Differences and Special Needs 2
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Standard Media
      • Web links
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Chat Rooms
      • Online assignment submission
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
    • Online Materials

      • FAQs
      • Resources and Links

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as EDC151 Child Development for Educators.

Situated in the context of theory and research, this subject provides an overview of typical and atypical human development from conception to adulthood 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 maximizing developmental outcomes from birth through young adulthood. In addition to emphasis on knowing your students and how they learn, this subject focuses on effective engagement and interaction with parents/carers and maintaining safe school and care environments for children and adolescents. This includes developing awareness of child development services in the community.

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  • Report (40%)
  • Essay (60%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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