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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Theoretical perspectives of child development
    • Studying children
    • Physical growth and motor development
    • Cognitive development: Exploring early childhood education theories
    • Intelligence
    • Cognitive development: Pedagogical considerations
    • Language and Literacy Development
    • Emotional development
    • Social Development
    • Sex-related differences and gender roles
    • The Family
    • Peers, Media and Schooling
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Blog
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • E-Portfolios
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links

At the completion of this subject 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, commsubjecty 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.
  • Assignment 1 - Analysis Task (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Case Study — Child Study (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

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:

  • GRF-EDEY7196

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Audio/Visual equipment
  • OtherDetails -
    • Additional materials

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 subject.