Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2012 (Day)
Singapore Term 3 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Hanan Sukkar (Peninsula); Dr Joseph Agbenyega (Off-shore Term 3 Singapore)


The socio-cultural/historical concepts of learning and development of children aged from birth to 12 years, including medical concepts of disability and special additional needs, will be explored. The policy and practical implications of learning and inclusion for teaching will feature, with particular emphasis on good practice and strategies that may be introduced to assist children and their families from varying cultural backgrounds.


As a result of studying this unit students are expected to be able to:

  1. increase their knowledge and understanding of typical and atypical trajectories of learning and development in the early years;
  2. increase their knowledge and understanding of the policy and practice within early years practice and to explore ways to include children with special education needs;
  3. gain insight into ways in which children, particularly those with special education needs, are supported to maximize their learning potentials through collaboration with parents from varying cultural backgrounds; and
  4. explore various conceptual and theoretical perspectives about learning, development, disability, and special needs and to engage in case studies that exemplify the application of theoretical ideas and practice.




Assessment 1: Seminar presentation and supporting documentation (1600 words, 40%) Assessment 2: Case study (2400 words, 60%)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Joseph Agbenyega

Contact hours

Equivalent to 3 contact hours (max) per week, 9 hours private study including readings, completion of set tasks and self-directed learning. On campus classes do not run during teaching practicum.


EDF5413 Family studies