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This course establishes a foundation in theory, concepts, processes and factual knowledge of infant, child, and adolescent development within the context of family, school, and community. Students will acquire an understanding of the developmental processes that take place within and across physical, cognitive, emotional, and social domains, and their associations with developmental outcomes.
"(Child and Adolescent Development) is my favourite course so far. It really hits my interest and I love the course content.” – Student (2018)How do infants develop into children? How do children develop into adolescents? How do physical, cognitive, social and emotional development overlap? What does development look like from a bicultural perspective? How does development relate to teaching and learning, educational psychology, philosophy, and international policy?In Child and Adolescent Development, we discuss these questions and more.It is our goal to support and guide students in ways to be insightful and successful not only in this course but also in their everyday lives and professional development. As part of this course, we encourage students to think critically about their own development as well as the relevance of development to education and other careers involving young people.
1. Students will be able to describe principal ideas of a developmental approach to understanding infants, children and adolescents.2. Students will be able to describe the pathways of cognitive, social, emotional and physical development.3. Students will be able to outline the process of language development from infancy.4. Students will be able to describe the principal ideas of a range of developmental theories.5. Students will be able to discuss the impact of health and health- related issues on infant, child and adolescent development.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
EDUC102, EDUC152, TEDU150, TEDU102
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Early Childhood Primary
Bergin, Christi Ann Crosby;
Child and adolescent development for educators;
Domestic fee $785.00
International fee $3,500.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
School of Educational Studies and Leadership.