EDUC5537 Child and adolescent development and pedagogy

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Multi-mode Multiple modes of delivery. Unit includes a mix of online and on-campus study requirements. On campus attendance for some activities is required to complete this unit.
To establish and articulate core pedagogical understandings, pre-service teachers will explore theory and research relating to child, adolescent and young adult development. A critically reflective framework will be developed, to support the understanding of learning and students' cognitive emotional, physical and social development. This unit includes 5 days in school.
Students are able to (1) analyse key evidence, concepts and theories related to child and adolescent development; (2) synthesise the relationship between developmental theory and the practice of teaching students 5 to 18 years of age; (3) use and evaluate instructional resources, including the use of contemporary technologies, for teaching and learning with students up to 18 years of age; (4) demonstrate an understanding of 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) apply interpersonal skills, verbal and non-verbal communication, to support student engagement.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) unit reading quizzes; (2) essay; and (3) 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 unit reading quizzes, essay, and critical reflection components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Fiona Mayne
Contact hours
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline. There are also 5 days of professional practice associated with this unit.
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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • 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.