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Unit Overview


In this unit, pre-service teachers will be introduced to child development and learning theory that takes a holistic view of development in the primary years. They will develop knowledge and understandings about expected development trajectories but also about factors and circumstances that create individual trajectories. They will also be introduced to the idea of curriculum integration to help achieve learning aims and the developmental understandings to inform learning design, with the teacher positioned as an informed and creative learning facilitator. Pre-service teachers will connect theory to practice by applying knowledge, understandings and creativity to design learning activities, and be appropriate for children in the early to middle childhood phases of development.

6 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2023UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) explain concepts and theories related to child development.; (2) describe the relationship between developmental theory and the practice of teaching primary school students.; (3) develop and use instructional resources, including the use of contemporary technologies; (4) justify the importance of acknowledging, and responding to, the strengths and needs of students from diverse backgrounds and students across the full range of abilities; and (5) examine and apply interpersonal skills, verbal and non-verbal communication, to support student engagement.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assessment One: Unit reading quizzes; (2) assessment Two: Essay; and (3) assessment Three: Reflection. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit rules
Enrolment in
BH020 Bachelor of Education (Primary Education) (Honours)
Contact hours
30 hours
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