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EDF5414 - Child development principles

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Education

Leader(s): Dr K Power


Peninsula First semester 2009 (Day)


In this unit the focus is on the overall development of children aged 0 - 5 years, and the implications of development for learning, teaching and other aspects of practice in early childhood services. Emphasis on the inter-relation of areas or domains of development and sociocultural explanations for learning that students gain a comprehensive picture of children's developmental progress. We will emphasise the need for students to critically reflect on their understanding and knowledge of child development as a basis for responding to individuals and groups of children and in designing, utilising and undertaking valid and reliable assessment.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should have knowledge and understanding of a range of issues relating to child development. The learning objectives of this unit are for students to learn and understand the diversity of human growth; the likely impact of factors such as culture, family, genetic inheritance and life experiences on child development and growth; a range of early learning theories, particularly related to the education and care of young children; an understanding regarding their own abilities, attitudes and values as professionals and how these underpin inclusive early childhood practice.


A Case Study (2000 words): 50%; and an Essay (2000 words): 50%

Contact hours

2 hours per week

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