EED409 Learning and Development K-6 (8)

This subject introduces students to the physical, socio-emotional and cognitive (intellectual) development of children (K-6). Students explore how these major domains interact with each other and their context to influence child development and learning.

Major theories of development (cognitive, constructivist, behavioural and ecological) will be examined and applied to educational contexts. Contemporary research is applied in considering issues relating to child physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development. In addition, students explore factors related to academic achievement in the primary school years, including high incidence disorders of childhood. In each area of study, the implications for pedagogical practice across developmental stages for classroom teaching and learning are considered, and the use of evidence-based strategies are emphasised.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EED409. 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 subject EED503.

Subject Relationships

EED503 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe major theories of learning and development and explain how they apply to effective pedagogical practice;
  • be able to interpret research into how students learn and explain the implications for teaching and learning;
  • be able to explain the role of families, culture and community in child development and describe a broad range of strategies to engage children, their families and communities in the learning process; and
  • be able to describe a range of evidence-based strategies teachers can use to address child issues and problems.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The development of theory and research knowledge in childhood development and learning
  • Physical development including neurobiological development
  • Language development
  • Major theories of cognitive development including behavioural, constructivist and information processing theory their application to learning and teaching
  • 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 of childhood disorders
  • Impact of trauma on development and learning
  • Issues in childhood including the roles of peers and school bullying
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Social and pedagogical implications of ICT for teaching and learning

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EED409 in Session 2 2020. 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 %
Assignment one part a - initial posting
Assignment one part b - feedback posting
Assignment one part c - final analysis posting
Assignment one part d - child piagetian profile
Assignment two - essay discussion
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.