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Unit Overview


In this unit, pre-service teachers will be introduced to child development and learning theory. Pre-service teachers will build their knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of children, and their physical, social and intellectual development. They will explore research into how students in the early to middle childhood phases of development learn, children's expected development trajectories, factors and circumstances that might impact a child's specific learning needs, potential challenges to learning, and the implications of these for teaching. Pre-service teachers will engage with the principles of effective teaching, key instructional approaches, connect theory to practice to design rich learning experiences, and will explore a range of teaching strategies and resources to support learning goals. Finally, pre-service teachers will think critically about how lesson plan structure and instructional approaches affect how children in the primary years engage in the learning process and acquire new knowledge and understanding.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Primary Education major sequence

Students are able to (1) compare and contrast theoretical perspectives related to child development; (2) apply research on how children learn and the implications for teaching; (3) explain principles and instructional approaches of effective teaching; (4) describe the links between teaching strategies and how children learn; (5) select and use teaching strategies and resources to meet learning goals; and (6) analyse lesson plans in terms of their structure and underlying approach(es) in relation to how children learn.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assessment One: Unit reading tasks; (2) assessment Two: Planning and microteaching task; and (3) assessment Three: Lesson analysis. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Lisa Cocks
Unit rules
Enrolment in
BH020 Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Honours)
Contact hours
30 hours
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.