EDU20003 Contemporary Perspectives of Learning and Development

Unit code: EDU20003

Duration: 1 Teaching Period

Contact hours: Recommended 8 hours of study per week

About this unit

In this unit students will consider and critique contemporary educational approaches and theories which deepen understandings of the school-aged child as individual persons and members of social groups. All students will explore a range of theories concerning the physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of development, and will examine ideas and debates about the context of development with specific reference to family, school, peers, culture and diverse social contexts. The unit aims to help students acquire a deep knowledge of key characteristics, strengths and needs of contemporary societal influences.


  • Revision of traditional and contemporary theoretical approaches (including humanist and behaviourist, social constructivist, social learning, ecological, critical, queer, post-structuralist, social cultural-historical)
  • The sociology of childhood
  • Ecology of the child
  • Ecology of socialisation
  • Emotional, physical and cognitive development
  • Issues that affect the school aged child in the 21st century eg bullying, social media and childhood obesity
  • The role of effective learning environments

This unit is found in Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and Bachelor of Education (Primary).