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.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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 Education

Subject Relationships

EED504 Paired Subject
EED413 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects

EED114, EED441

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.


This 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.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EED308 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Psychological factors and teaching strategies
Case study analysis
Final examination

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.