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
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Liang Li


This unit explores the theoretical and practical context of child development from birth to twelve years. The implications of development for learning and teaching are featured in relation to contemporary issues impacting on child development. All aspects of learning and teaching in the early and middle childhood years are examined through participation in problem-based learning scenarios and observed case studies where students 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%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester/term comprising:

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

  • 2 contact hours per week

(b.) Requirements for offshore Kaplan based students:

  • one intensive block comprising two week nights and weekend days, normally from Thursday to Sunday
  • at least four hours of online study per term

(c.) Additional requirements (all students):

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

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