EDF5021 - Lenses on child development - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Dr Marie Hammer

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit explores multiple theoretical perspectives that underpin child development and learning. It evaluates these perspectives and explores their implications in current early years' educational and care practices from birth to eight years of age. Students critically analyse the psychological underpinnings of child development and other contemporary child developmental theories. This unit positions students as informed practitioners who apply key child development theories to curriculum design and pedagogical practices in the early years. Authentic cases and problems from diverse cultures provide students with opportunities to link child development theories to educational and care systems and consider their influence on child development and learning.


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

  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of multiple theoretical perspectives that underpin child development and learning
  2. demonstrate insights into different theories and their application to child development, learning and agency in diverse cultural contexts
  3. link theoretical knowledge on child development to curriculum design and pedagogical practices
  4. apply theoretical knowledge to support the developmental and learning needs of diverse children.


Critical essay on lenses on child development (2000 words, 50%)

Analytical report of educational practices (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • equivalent to 24 hours engagement in online, face-to-face or blended platforms
  2. Additional requirements (all students)
    • independent study to make up the minimum requir

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Chief examiner(s)

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