EED413 Learning and Development 7-12 (8)

This subject builds on pre-service teachers' foundation 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, 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, pre-service teachers explore factors related to academic achievement in high school, including high-incidence disorders of adolescence and motivation. 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

Enrolment Restrictions

Only available to undergraduate students.

Subject Relationships

EED504 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply major theories of learning and development;
  • be able to know 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 in the learning process and address adolescent issues and problems;
  • be able to describe a range of educational outcomes for students from diverse backgrounds; and
  • be able to 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:
  • 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; and
  • Culture.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EED413 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 %
Socio-emotional health and well-being
Cognition and adolescent issues

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.