Faculty of Education

Monash University

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
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2014 (Day)
Singapore Term 3 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Liang Li (Second semester, Peninsula); Dr Sivanes Phillipson (Term 3, Singapore)


In this unit, the theoretical and practical context of child development from birth to twelve years will be explored. The implications of development for learning and teaching will be featured in relation to contemporary issues impacting on child development. All aspects of learning and teaching in the early and middle childhood years will be examined through participation in problem-based learning scenarios and observed case studies where students will analyse and apply knowledge of child development to understand both theoretical and contemporary real-life issues related to development of children.


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

  1. identify and assess the likely impact of social, culture, family and life experience on development
  2. link the development of general and specific behaviours and skills of individual children to theoretical perspectives
  3. observe development sensitively and record precise, relevant and accurate information that can be used in planning and evaluation of support/learning strategies
  4. evaluate the impact of contemporary real-life issues to child development.


Problem-based learning of young children (1600 words equivalent, 40%)
Observed contemporary issues in the context of child development (2400 words equivalent, 60%)

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Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • 3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements

  • 9 hours of independent study per week