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
  5. recognise typical and atypical patterns of child physical, cognitive, social and emotional development using developmental indicators and recommend effective classroom intervention strategies.
    • 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

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

Equivalent subjects

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

  • CUR-EDE103
  • CUR-EDP125

Special requirements

No special requirements

Situated in the context of theory and research, this subject 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 subject 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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  • Learning Journal (40%)
  • Case Study (60%)

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