Cognitive Development

Subject EDUC20045 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Parkville, on-campus.

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Lectures and tutorials totalling 36 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: You must have successfully completed the following subject/s prior to enrolling in this subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.


Ms Mel Collings


Education Student Centre
Subject Overview:

A focus on neurological development will lead to a study of factors affecting the development of cognition in children. Relevant classical and contemporary psychological theories of cognitive development including learning theory, Piaget's cognitive-developmental theory, Vygotsky's sociocultural theory, in their original and more recent forms and information processing and connectionist approaches will be subjected to critical examination. The processes of knowledge acquisition including sensation, perception, attention, memory, concept formation, language, symbolic reasoning and thinking will be studied and related to the structure and content of knowledge in various domains including the physical and social worlds. Further topics include the development of intelligence and of academic skills, and an introduction to developmental research methodology.

Objectives: Information not available

Assignments totalling 2000 words and a 2-hour written examination.

Prescribed Texts:

Prescribed Texts:

  • Child Development (L Berk), (6th edn), Allyn & Bacon, 2003
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

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