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.

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

This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Teaching (Secondary) course.

This subject is not available to students who have studied EED413 as it is a paired subject.

Subject Relationships

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 discuss the role of families and peers in adolescent development;
  • be able to critically analyse high-incidence adolescent disorders/disabilities and interpret research to compose a parent communication of a learning plan;
  • 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 apply research to investigate motivation and higher-order thinking amongst adolescents to promote social and ethical behaviour in high schools.


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 EED504 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 %
Socio-emotional health and well-being
Case study analysis - adolescent learning

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.