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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

School/College

School of Education

Pre-requisites

96 credit points

Unit aim

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 summarise the key aspects of development in the physical, cognitive, and social-emotional domains across infant and toddler, preschool, middle childhood and adolescence Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
2 outline how observations and documentation are used to understand children's learning Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
3 identify how different theoretical perspectives inform understandings of the development and learning of children and young people Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
4 show how theories that inform learning and development are implemented in learning and teaching contexts Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
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. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning

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
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  2. outline how observations and documentation are used to understand children's learning
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. identify how different theoretical perspectives inform understandings of the development and learning of children and young people
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  4. show how theories that inform learning and development are implemented in learning and teaching contexts
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  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.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

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.