Unit description

Focuses on students acquiring an understanding of how different theoretical positions inform understandings of the development and learning of children and young people. The primary aim of this unit is to develop critical reflection skills as a key attribute of a professional educator

Unit content

Topic 1 An overview of theory: theoretical perspectives and discourses 
Topic 2 Theories on cognition part I 
Topic 3 Theories of cognition part II 
Topic 4 Theories of physical development part I 
Topic 5 Theories of physical development part II 
Topic 6 Theories relating to social and emotional development part I 
Topic 7 Theories relating to social and emotional development part II 
Topic 8 Ethological theories 
Topic 9 Theories of social context 
Topic 10 Understanding theory to inform practice.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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