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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 of 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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1summarise the key aspects of development in the physical, cognitive, and social-emotional domains across infant and toddler, preschool, middle childhood and adolescence
2outline how observations and documentation are used to understand children's learning
3identify how different theoretical perspectives inform understandings of the development and learning of children and young people
4show how theories that inform learning and development are implemented in learning and teaching contexts
5reflect on their approach to learning and teaching, the challenges they face and the learning competencies they need to achieve to succeed in their study and career as an early childhood, primary or secondary teaching professional.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. summarise the key aspects of development in the physical, cognitive, and social-emotional domains across infant and toddler, preschool, middle childhood and adolescence
  2. outline how observations and documentation are used to understand children's learning
  3. identify how different theoretical perspectives inform understandings of the development and learning of children and young people
  4. show how theories that inform learning and development are implemented in learning and teaching contexts
  5. reflect on their approach to learning and teaching, the challenges they face and the learning competencies they need to achieve to succeed in their study and career as an early childhood, primary or secondary teaching professional.

Prescribed texts

  • Berk, L, 2013, Child development, 9th edn, Pearson, New Jersey. ISBN: 9780205149766.

  • Berk, L, 2013, Child development, 9th edn, Pearson, New Jersey. ISBN: 9780205149766.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 hour (10 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Assessment
Reflective writing15%
Report50%
Reflective writing35%

Teaching method
Structured online learning 1 hour (10 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Assessment
Reflective writing15%
Report50%
Reflective writing35%

Teaching method
Structured online learning 1.5 hours (10 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour (10 weeks)
Assessment
Reflective writing15%
Report50%
Reflective writing35%
Notice

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