|Short Description:||Child Development Birth-12|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Education|
|Student contribution band :||National Priority - Teaching|
|ASCED code :||070100 - Teacher Education|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||19 January 2021|
Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in: UCTE or UCTP or BEED or BPED or BSED or BGEN or BECH
Students enrolling in courses which do not follow the recommended enrolment pattern cannot be assured of a developmental learning experience or program completion within their preferred timeframe.
This course offers an introduction to the key concepts and issues related to child development and learning. The course provides an overview of the constancies and changes in physical, cognitive, and social emotional dimensions of children, and introduces key learning theories and concepts (constructivism, socio-cultural and bio-ecological theories). Contexts such as family and educational settings, peer group and community environments, will be explored. The course will also present information about exceptionalities in development (eg autism spectrum disorder, behaviour difficulties, the impact of trauma and giftedness), which will serve as foundational knowledge for subsequent courses. Pre-service educators will be encouraged to reflect critically on theories of development and learning as applied to educational practice.