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EDF5415 - Issues in child development

6 points, SCA Band 0, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Education

Leader: Dr S Edwards


Peninsula Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit will consider a range of current issues and provide an overview of theories of the growth and development of children. The unit will emphasise the need for students to consider themselves as both learners and researchers examining ways in which these factors assist their own professional development, skills, backgrounds, values and attitudes, as well as the developmental needs of individual children within the early childhood years.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should have knowledge and understanding of a range of issues relating to child development. The learning objectives of this unit are for students to learn and understand the diversity of human growth; the likely impact of factors such as culture, family, genetic inheritance and life experiences on child development and growth; a range of early learning theories, particularly related to the education and care of young children; an understanding regarding their own abilities, attitudes and values as professionals and how these underpin inclusive early childhood practice.


Task 1: A seminar presentation: 15%
A written report: (1800 words) 30%
Task 2: A written analysis (2200 words): 55%

Contact hours

2 hours per week


EDF5414 Child development principles