EED409 Learning and Development K-6 (8)


This subject introduces you to the field of child development theory and research. Major theoretical perspectives of development including cognitive, constructivist, behavioural and ecological theories will be explained and applied to educational contexts. Major theories of children's physical, socio-emotional and cognitive development during the primary school years are introduced. Child development theories and contemporary research are applied in understanding individual identity, individual differences, and the role of agency in development and learning. The implications of theoretical and research-based evidence for pedagogical practice are considered.
Observational and other data-gathering techniques will be applied in an authentic case-study relating to a developmental theory or issue, and findings considered in relation to theory and contemporary child development research. The implications for pedagogical practice based on these understandings and findings will be drawn. Mastery of the subject content will be assessed in a final exam.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceBathurst Campus
Session 2
DistanceBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EED409
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Teacher Education

Enrolment restrictions

Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to know how child development and learning theory and research are generated
  • be able to know and understand major physical, socio-emotional and cognitive changes that occurduring the primary school years
  • be able to know and apply major theories of child development and contemporary research
  • be able to know and understand the influences of family, culture and community
  • be able to understand the strategies of effective learners
  • be able to understand how child development and learning theory apply to effective pedagogicalpractice


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • The field of Child Development
  • Biological and Physical Development
  • Cognitive Development
  • Socio-emotional Development: Self and Identity
  • Contexts of Development


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.