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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introducing educational psychology and reflective practice
    • Physical development and learning 1
    • Physical development and learning 2
    • Behaviourist theories of development and learning
    • Cognitive development and learning
    • Cognitivist/Constructivist theories of development and learning
    • Socio-emotional development and learning
    • Moral development and learning
    • Humanist theories of development and learning
    • Systems theory
    • Holistic perspectives 1
    • Holistic perspectives 2
    • Reflection and review
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • E-Portfolios
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • FAQs
      • Quizzes
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links

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

  1. explain how physical, cognitive, social and emotional development and characteristics of students may affect learning
  2. appraise theoretical perspectives and research into how students mature and learn and possible practical implications for learning and teaching
  3. select a variety of pedagogical strategies that support students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds
  4. describe strategies to support full participation of students with a disability to maximise developmental and learning outcomes.
  • Assignment 1 - Case Study (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Report (50%)

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

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

Drawing on rigorous theory and research, this subject provides an overview of typical and atypical development from birth to adolescence across the physical, cognitive, social and emotional domains. A broad range of influences on development and learning will be examined. This subject will include major theoretical perspectives on learning, such as behaviourism, humanism, cognitivism and constructivism. It will also focus on learning and teaching strategies that support the full participation of all students in order to maximise development and learning outcomes.

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