EDUC5529 Children, Development and Pedagogy

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
To establish and articulate core pedagogical understandings, pre-service teachers will explore theory and research relating to child development and develop a critically reflective framework to support their understanding of children's learning and their social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. Components of the unit are differentiated to allow students to apply their learning to early childhood and primary school levels and in particular children from birth to early adolescence (0-12 years).
Students are able to (1) evaluate, and reflect on, key theoretical and research evidence relating to child development (social, emotional, cognitive, political and cultural) in children up to the age of 12; (2) synthesise, and critically reflect on, knowledge and strategies for teaching practice for children aged birth to 12 years; (3) critically reflect on the role of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) and the National Quality Standard (NQS); (4) evaluate, use and develop resources for teaching and learning in children up to the age of 12; and (5) demonstrate an understanding of the importance of acknowledging, and responding to, the strengths and needs of children from diverse backgrounds and students across the full range of abilities.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) essay and (2) critical reflection. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the essay and critical reflection components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Fiona Mayne
Contact hours
Total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 30 hours. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Duchesne, S., & McMaugh, A. (2016). Educational psychology for learning and teaching. South Melbourne, Victoria: Cengage Learning Australia.

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