Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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
OfferedBerwick First semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Anne Keary (Berwick); Dr Angela Fitzgerald (Clayton); Dr Karen Lambert (Peninsula)


This unit explores significant aspects of child and adolescent development within the context of teacher education. It considers psychological, motivational, social, cognitive, biological and socio-cultural perspectives of child and adolescent development and the possible implications for learning. Students inquire into strategies for teaching and learning with children and adolescents based on contemporary knowledge of development, which takes into consideration the range of learner diversity now common in classrooms.


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

  1. understand both childhood and adolescence as discrete but also diverse periods of individual development in our society
  2. identify how development of children and adolescents in general and specific behaviours and skills of individuals link to contemporary theoretical perspectives
  3. examine the likely impact of factors such as culture, family, genetic inheritance and life experiences on child and adolescent development
  4. analyse a range of learning theories
  5. identify effective teaching strategies to support learning in line with child and adolescent development needs
  6. examine how teacher-student relationships are influenced by issues of development.


Case study of child and adolescent development (2000 words, 50%)
Research paper on an aspect of child and adolescent development (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • 2 hours per week lectures, workshops or online activities

(b.) Additional requirements:

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

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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