EED417 Education Studies: Child Development & Learning (8)

This subject provides students with discipline-based knowledge of the psychology of child development within a variety of social contexts: family, socio-cultural and school settings. The focus of the subject is on child development across the primary school years (4-12 years), with an emphasis on cognition and reasoning. All developmental/theoretical bases delivered will incorporate a philosophical framework (humanism) acknowledging preventative management and including among other things, the rights of the child-as-learner in terms of the UN Charter: The Rights of the Child. Professional ethics provide another part of this framework.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Faculty of Arts and Education

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • understand children's development in terms of their family/neighbourhood and sociocultural contexts (ecological perspectives)
  • articulate an understanding of all areas of child development and the interdependence of these from childhood to early adolescence
  • acknowledge and understand that developmental diversity is an expected aspect of growth and development
  • demonstrate a sound knowledge of cognitionproblem solving and reasoning, plus developmental patterns and inconsistencies 412 years
  • demonstrate knowledge of the developmental and psychological bases of managing difficult behaviour
  • understand and progressively demonstrate an ability to critique developmental theory and research literature
  • understand developmental issues within the context of humanism and preventative approaches including: professional ethics, the UN Charter: The Rights of the Child plus the obligation of schools to provide safe, positive learning settings.


This subject will cover the following topics:

- The ecology of child development in terms of sociocultural influences (parenting styles, family needs etc) and implications of this for diversity in development - Language, social and personality development - Physical development - Play and active learning as a medium for learning in primary school. (Dev issues in relation to maturational transition and change) - Managing difficult behaviour: developmental bases. Aggression, dev of pro-social behaviour & altruistic behaviour, children's concepts of moral reasoning & social justice, emotional development, playground bullying and peer relationships - Cognition: thinking, reasoning and problem solving, development of abstract thought. Constructivist & socio constructivist perspectives incl metacognition, dispositional cognition and multiple intelligences - The rights of the child-as-learner. This element which includes consideration of stress on young learners is interwoven throughout the subject and also addressed in the accompanying Study Guide with related activities.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.