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EDC1001 Understanding Learner Development

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Education
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 24 September 2023


Students must be enrolled in: BECH or BEED or BPED or BSED or BGEN or UCTE or UCTP or UCTS
BECH/BEED/BPED: Enrolment is not permitted if EDC1100 has previously been completed
BSED: Enrolment is not permitted if ESD1100 has previously been completed


A cornerstone of effective education is an understanding of how humans develop. Pre-service teachers must be aware of the typical developmental milestones (i.e. physical, cognitive and psychosocial) that their learners will experience. It is imperative that teachers have an understanding of the common developmental milestones and progression that influences learning across the lifespan. This understanding of typical development will then provide important implications for teaching and learning.

This course offers an introduction to the key concepts and issues related to human development from birth to adulthood and how this is linked to learning. The course takes a learning sciences approach that is focused on the development of effective learning methodologies and solutions. The course provides an overview of the typical patterns of development pertaining to the physical, cognitive and psychosocial dimensions of human development. Key learning theories and concepts will also be covered in response to developmental needs and trends. The implications of developmental milestones and learning theories on teaching and learning will be explored, beginning to prepare pre-service teachers for the profession.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Springfield
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 1, 2023 Online
Semester 2, 2023 Online
Date printed 24 September 2023