Foundations of Child learning and Development

Course code EDUC1055Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

This course introduces students to foundational knowledge and skills related to young children's learning and documentation for learning from multiple perspectives. It introduces students to theories of learning, thinking and language acquisition. It covers children's wellbeing, health, emotional and social lives. The course connects this foundational knowledge and skills to its use by early childhood educators. Particular attention is paid to critical engagement with research and theory addressing the Australian socio-cultural context.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course, students will be expected to:

Identify contemporary theoretical perspectives and approaches to different domains of development, including language development and learning

Explain how these relate to children’s learning and how to support children's wellbeing and health, emotional and social learning and lives;

Observe, document, implement and review in order to assess and reflect on children’s learning for planning within early childhood settings

Apply knowledge of the relationship between theory, children’s learning, documentation for learning and intentional teaching.
ContentThis course contains:
1. theories of learning, children's emotional and social learning and lives
2. children's thinking, children's language acquisition
3. documentation for learning in early childhood setting
4. intentional teaching / learning
engagement with research
5. reading and understanding child development and learning theory literature
6. applying child development and learning theory literature to analysis of documentation and to practice

This course contains 5 days professional experience in an early childhood setting
Replacing Course(s)Not Applicable
TransitionNot Applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeEDUC1048
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Experience Based Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsDemonstrate knowledge of selected contemporary theories and approaches to children’s development and learning.
Students demonstrate that they are insightful scholars by writing an essay explaining their understanding of concepts and ideas related to children's learning and development. Students will have basic knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in relation to children's development and learning, they will know students and how they learn.
ReportsReport on the observations and analysis of instances of children’s learning and engaging in professional practice.
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentBachelor of Teaching (Primary)/Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EDUC1055