EED503 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 Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Teacher Education

Subject Relationships

EED409 Paired Subject

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 occur during primary school;
  • be able to research and analyse data about the variables that influence learning;
  • be able to know and understand the influences of family, culture and community;
  • be able to evaluate and understand the strategies of effective learners; and
  • be able to understand how child development and learning theory apply to effective pedagogical practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:

  • The Field And Study of Child Development
  • Biological and Physical Development
  • Theories of Cognitive Development and Learning
  • Psychosocial Development: Self and Identity
  • Contexts of Development


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.