EED216 Child Development: The Primary Years (8)

This subject introduces students to the major theories of physical, socio-emotional and intellectual development of primary school aged children. Students draw on contemporary research to study how individual, social-cultural and environmental factors interact to influence children's development across these domains. Implications for learning and well-being are emphasised. Students will explore factors related to high incidence disorders of childhood and the implications for practice. Current developmental and educational research is applied in considering the implications for classroom teaching and learning in contemporary classrooms.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Dubbo Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EED216. 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

This subject is not available to students who have completed EPT125.


Subject Relationships

EPT125 This subject shares similar content

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply major theories of learning and development to children in the primary school context;
  • be able to discuss the major physical, socio-emotional and cognitive changes that occur during childhood;
  • be able to explain the role of families, carers and peers in child development and explain the broad range of strategies to engage them in the learning process;
  • be able to describe a range of evidence-based strategies teachers can use to address childhood issues and concerns;
  • be able to discuss a range of high incidence child disorders using the bio-psycho-social model and the implications for teaching and learning; and
  • be able to explain underlying social and pedagogical implications of ICT for primary school education.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The development of theory and research knowledge in child development and learning
  • Physical development including neurobiological development
  • Language development
  • Major theories of cognitive development including behavioural, constructivist and information processing theory
  • Theories of socio-emotional and identity development
  • Contextual influences on child development including families, culture and community
  • Strategies to work effectively, sensitively and confidentially with parents and carers
  • The roles of intelligence, motivation and self-regulation the academic domains
  • High incidence disorders of childhood
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Issues of childhood including the roles of peers and school bullying
  • Social and pedagogical implications of ICT for education

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.