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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Developmental theories: cognitive theories; learning/behaviourism; maturation/ethology
    • Developmental theories: ecological systems; psychoanalysis
    • Research methods
    • Individual differences and genetic contributions & prenatal development
    • Perception & physical and motor development
    • Cognition & language development
    • Joint attention & theory of mind
    • Temperament & attachment
    • Gender
    • Emotional & social development
    • Parenting
    • Peer relationships
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Blog
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
      • Wikis

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

  1. acquire an understanding of the many and varying influences important to the development of a child
  2. develop an appreciation of the whole child through exploring the links between different dimensions of child growth and development
  3. demonstrate autonomy and adaptability as a teacher of young children through a thorough knowledge of child development theories and links with practical applications
  4. demonstrate awareness and respect for cultural, historical and contextual influences on the child
  5. analyse critically links between theory, research and practice to explore the biological underpinnings of development including individual differences.
  • Assignment 1 - Quiz 2 (15%)
  • Assignment 2 - Quiz 1 (15%)
  • Assignment 3 - Learning Activity 2 (essay) (45%)
  • Assignment 4 - Learning Activity 1 (25%)

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:

  • MAQ-ECEX602

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as ECEX602 Early Childhood Development.

This subject examines major theories and current issues in child development and the application of developmental theory to educational practice. It provides students with an understanding of how theory and cultural assumptions influence practice and how to recognise the implications of theory and research for teaching. The initial part of the subject is concerned with theories of development and the middle to latter sections deal with domains of development and areas of specific interest in child development for the early childhood years.

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