Faculty of Education

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedNot offered in 2014


This unit develops students' understanding of the factors involved in diverse learners' experiences in childhood development. It focuses on individuals with physical, cognitive or emotional differences and abilities, as well as differences created by social structures such as family, class, gender, and culture. Approaches to catering for children with delayed development, exceptional ability, emotional or behavioural problems are provided for critical reflection and discussion and develop students' ability to respond to varied children's needs. Major theoretical perspectives and current debates related to development are explored.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. develop an understanding of children's developmental and individual needs
  2. explain how individual differences can be created by social and other factors
  3. apply knowledge of how to cater for individual differences in classroom settings
  4. demonstrate the skills required to engage children with emotional, cognitive and behavioural needs in positive learning and developmental experiences
  5. demonstrate an awareness of the skills required to make connections with the home environment and other professional bodies so all children can maximise their capacity to be confident and involved learners.


Developmental autobiography (2000 words, 50%)
Report on developing strategies to teach a child with diverse ability needs (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study