EED308 Adolescence and Learning (8)


This subject builds on students’ foundation knowledge of theories of development and learning. Students will apply 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, development of 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, students explore factors related to academic achievement in high school, including high incidence disorders of adolescence. Implications for learning, especially the use of evidence-based learning strategies, are stressed.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
On CampusAlbury-Wodonga Campus
On CampusBathurst Campus
On CampusPort Macquarie
On CampusWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EED308
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 Education

Enrolment restrictions

Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
EED114 EED441 EED504 Paired Subject
EED413 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

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


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • major theories of adolescence and their relationship with teaching strategies including behavioural theory, Piaget's constructivist theory, Vygotskian socio-cultural theory, Information Processing Theory, Erikson's theory of socio-emotional development and Bronfenbrenner's theory;
  • puberty and neurobiological development during adolescence;
  • families and culture;
  • socio-emotional development and the adolescent self;
  • cognitive development during the high school years;
  • intelligence, motivation and achievement in the academic domains;
  • moral development, ethics and values during the high school years;
  • problems and issues in adolescence and early adulthood. Resiliency and bio/psycho/social explanatory models of high incidence adolescent disorders;
  • peer relationships, romance, gender and sexuality.


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 21 February 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.