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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2010 (Day)
Peninsula Term 4 2010 (Off-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Dr Susan Edwards (Peninsula & City BECS)


The cultural nature of the development of children birth to twelve years will be explored. The implications of development for learning and teaching will feature. All aspects of teaching in the early and middle childhood years will be examined through participation in a Problem Based Learning scenario where students adopt relevant role plays related to the case study of a child and his/her family and respond to life events for the case study child as they unfold in real time.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students are expected to be able to:

  1. assess the likely impact of culture, family, genetic inheritance, birth order and life experience on development;
  2. observe development sensitively and record precise, relevant and accurate information that can be used in program planning and evaluation;
  3. apply understanding of and knowledge about development to program planning, implementation and evaluation; and
  4. link the development of children in general and specific behaviours and skills of individual children to several contemporary theoretical perspectives.


Assessment task 1: Seminar Presentation and Supporting Documentation (1600 words, 40%) and Assessment task 2: Essay (2400 words, 60%)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Susan Edwards

Contact hours

3 contact hours per week, 9 hours private study including readings, completion of set tasks and self-directed learning.


EDF2201 Child development 1, EDF2202 Child development 2