Faculty of Education

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2013 (Day)
Singapore Term 1 2013 (Off-campus)
Peninsula Term 4 2013 (Off-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Dr Sivanes Phillipson (Singapore, Term 4 off-campus Peninsula); Dr Hanan Sukkar (Semester 2 Peninsula)


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


Assessment task 1: Problem-based learning of young children (1600 words, 40%) and
Assessment task 2: Observed contemporary issues in the context of child development (2400 words, 60%)

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Contact hours

3 contact hours per week, 9 hours private study including readings, completion of set tasks and self-directed learning.


EDF2201 Child development 1, EDF2202 Child development 2