Theories of Development and Learning
Gain a broad overview of typical and atypical development from birth to adolescence. Explore the physical, cognitive, social and emotional domains via the behaviourism, humanism, cognitivism and constructivism theoretical perspectives.
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- 29 Nov 2021
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- appraise established theories and research of child development perspectives which explain student patterns of maturation and learning
- explain how physical, cognitive, social and emotional development and individual characteristics of students across different chronological age groups may affect learning
- examine current research to critically analyse the impact and interaction of biological and environmental factors on the development of children and adolescents
- critically reflect on the impact of interactions between the child and their caregivers, within both home and educational environments, on the development of the whole child in order to identify effective methods for supporting students and families from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds
- develop effective classroom intervention strategies based on the appraisal of typical and atypical patterns of child physical, cognitive, social and emotional development, using developmental indicators
- analyse educational professionals’ mandated duty of care responsibilities and appropriate interactions with child development services
- Human development: physical, cognitive, social, emotional and moral
- Theoretical understandings of learning: behavioural, cognitive, humanist
- Motivation and engagement
- Intelligence and diversity of intelligence in learners
- Socio-cultural factors which influence development and learning
- Strategies to support student diversity
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
- Other requirements -
Access to Microsoft Office or a unit approved alternative, access to video creation and editing software.
Situated in the context of theory and research, this unit provides an overview of typical and atypical 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 optimising developmental outcomes from birth through to young adulthood, and across a diverse range of learners. In addition to its emphasis on knowing your students and how they learn, this unit 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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- Physical, cognitive, social and emotional development essay (40%)
- Application of theoretical perspectives to case studies (60%)
Current study term: 28 Nov 21 to 27 Feb 22
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