Human Development and Education (EDUF1019)


This unit EDUF1019, which is the second part of Education I, introduces students to the study of human development, including a critical overview of current theory, research and practice in human development, with particular emphasis on the development of early childhood through to adolescence. A core assumption of the unit is that the study of human development is inter-disciplinary, and that developmental theories, past and present, are open to question and debate. Students are therefore encouraged to engage in this study with critical and creative minds. The content of the Unit focuses on the processes and products of human development, related to cognitive, physical, emotional, social, cultural, and language development. The classical theories are considered and examined in the light of contemporary theory and research. From these perspectives, the lectures consider the impact of history, culture, and social context on learning and development. The seminar programme of the Unit is concerned with the teaching of values in schools and early childhood education settings, including the creation of values-based learning environments, and with each participant┬┐s development as a human self, focusing in particular on the development of participants┬┐ professional skills and personal values.

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2x1-hr lectures/wk for 12 wks, 1x1-hr tutorial/wk for 12 wks


(all parts compulsory) 30min seminar presentation (30%) and 2000wd reflective report (30%) and 2400wd essay (40%)

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