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
Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. 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 Teacher Education
Enrolment restrictions

Only available to undergraduate students.

Subject Relationships
EED503 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 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; and
  • be able to understand how child development and learning theory apply to effective pedagogical practice.
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
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.