EED504 Learning and Development 7-12 (8)

This subject advances pre-service teachers' knowledge of theories of development and learning. Pre-service teachers apply their knowledge of learning to the period of adolescence. The major domains of physical, cognitive and socio-emotional development are used to introduce issues pertaining to puberty, intelligence, the adolescent self and identity.  Contemporary socio-cultural factors that influence adolescent development are considered, as well as the need and importance to effectively engage with parents/carers. In addition, pre-service teachers explore factors related to academic achievement in high school, high-incidence disorders of adolescence, motivation and conduct research with adolescents.  Implications for learning, especially the use of evidence-based learning strategies, are stressed. 


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EED504. 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


School of Education

Subject Relationships

EED413 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically apply major theories of learning and development to high school contexts;
  • be able to describe the major physical, socio-emotional and cognitive changes that occur during adolescence;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role of families and peers in adolescent development;
  • be able to understand high-incidence adolescent disorders/disabilities and explain their causes using a bio-psycho-social model;
  • be able to articulate a range of evidence-based strategies teachers can use to engage adolescents and their families;
  • be able to describe a range of educational outcomes for students from diverse backgrounds; and
  • be able to undertake applied research to investigate motivation and higher-order thinking amongst adolescents as well as use research to promote social and ethical behaviour in high schools.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to Adolescent Development
  • Puberty Health and Biological Foundations
  • The Self, Identity, Emotions and Personality
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Moral Development
  • Families and Peers
  • The Brain and Cognitive Development
  • Schools
  • Achievement, Work and Careers
  • Adolescent Problems
  • Culture


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.