Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to unit content and requirements. Theoretical approaches.
    • Evidence-based practice
    • Australian studies of child development.
    • International studies on child development and early childhood education.
    • Key transitions in early childhood development.
    • Early brain development in children.
    • Social-emotional development and wellbeing.
    • Culture, child development and early childhood education.
    • Risk-taking behaviour and child development.
    • Effects of child abuse and neglect on the developing child
    • Prevention and intervention programs
    • Reflections on the learning from this unit
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Blog
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links

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

  1. demonstrate critical, analytical and integrative thinking in applying developmental theory and research in prior to school settings
  2. demonstrate advanced understanding of child development theory to enable the critical assessment of children's learning environments
  3. use high level thinking and analytical skills to apply evidence from child development research to address everyday problems concerned with children's early development
  4. utilise child development knowledge in actively contributing to discussions concerning early childhood policy and practice
  5. communicate child development research effectively to other professionals and parents.
  • Assignment 1 - Assignment 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Assignment 2 (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Assignment 3 (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

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-ECEX824

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as ECHX824 Early Child Development Research and Practice.

This subject is designed to extend students' knowledge of child development with a particular emphasis on approaches to understanding and measuring child development, considerations for quality in childcare, and evaluation of children's environments. Recent research studies of child development, especially in relation to prior-to-school settings, will be used as a major resource for examining contemporary theory and research in child development. Students will analyse research to develop their skills in using evidence-based approaches in teaching, to inform policy, and evaluate programs within prior-to-school settings.

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