The early childhood years are highly significant for children's development. This Unit provides students with a clear conceptual foundation on which to build their understanding of children's complex and dynamic development in the years prior to school. The Unit encompasses a focus on cognitive, communicative-language, physical-motor social and emotional development. It considers the impact and role of parents, family, community and culture on development, and the impact of inherited and environmental factors. It introduces students to both classical and recent understandings of early childhood development with a particular emphasis on the dynamics of pre-natal, neonatal, infant, toddler and pre-schooler development, and encourages students to critically assess the relevance of past and present theory for teaching and learning. Students will also explore the role of play in young children's development.
1x1-hr lecture and 1x2-hr tutorial for 12 weeks
2000wd essay (35%), a presentation (30%) and a 3000wd annotated bibliography and magazine article (35%)
Berk, L. E. (2013). Child development. 9th edition. Boston: Pearson.