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EED417 Education Studies: Child Development & Learning (8)

Abstract

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.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLFaculty 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 socio-cultural 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 cognition-problem solving and reasoning, plus developmental patterns and inconsistencies 4-12 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 & preventative approaches including: professional ethics, the UN Charter: The Rights of the Child plus the obligation of schools to provide safe, positive learning settings.

Syllabus

The 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.

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 20 October 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.