Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - 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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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2014 (Day)
Singapore Term 1 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Prasanna Srinivasan (Peninsula); Dr Joseph Agbenyega (Singapore)


This unit will explore 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. 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.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should 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 maximise their learning potentials through collaboration with parents from varying cultural backgrounds
  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.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • 3 contact hours per week (on-campus classes do not run during teaching practicum)

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • 9 hours of independent study per week including readings, completion of set tasks and self-directed learning