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. 

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EED504
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Education

Enrolment restrictions

Related subject(s)
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.


The 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


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 13 April 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.