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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Dr Joseph Agbenyega



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit explores 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 is featured, 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 explore ways to include children with special education needs
  3. gain insight into ways in which children from varying cultural backgrounds, particularly those with special education needs, are supported to maximise their learning potentials through collaboration with parents
  4. explore various conceptual and theoretical perspectives about learning, development, disability and special needs, and 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%)

Workload requirements

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

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

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

(b.) Requirements for offshore Kaplan-based students:

  • one intensive block (usually from Thursday to Sunday)
  • at least 4 hours of online study per term

(c.) Additional requirements (all students):

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

See also Unit timetable information

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