This unit provides you with an introduction to the theories that inform 21st century education and examines aspects of human development relevant to early and middle years of childhood. The focus will be on the social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth of children and you will explore the conditions that contribute to learning and examine the roles of learning spaces and learning communities. You will investigate differences between learners and consider the implications of these differences for their education. Professional, ethical and legislative frameworks that contribute to the establishment of young people's wellbeing and development will also be included.

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This unit is only for Education students undertaking courses ABED, EBED, HBED, EBEC and EBST.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Review relevant research literature on human development, particularly through the years of early and middle childhood, and examine the contributions of learning spaces and learning communities;  
  2. Analyse how institutional rules and professional ethics impact on learning communities and human development on a personal and professional level;  
  3. Examine and articulate the factors that impact on young people's learning; and  
  4. Exhibit an understanding of the demands for literacy and numeracy in education.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Develop a case report featuring how codes of ethics/professional standards/legislation might relate to the learner and their educational environment; 20%
Literature Review Collaboratively develop a review of literature by engaging in group reading tasks throughout the unit; 30%
Portfolio Electronic Resource Kit 50%
Effective word limit of 3000 words in total, or equivalent.

Required reading

University students will be provided with an up-to-date reading list via the VU Collaborate system.

Teaching: Making a Difference, 3rd ed.
Churchill, R., Ferguson, P., Godhino, S., Johnson, N., Keddie, A.M., Letts, W., & Vick, M., (2016)

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