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ECI110 - Child Development 1

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1 Off Shore

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Bonnie Yim




Students must be enrolled in course E331

Incompatible with: ECE110
Contact hours:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin

Students are also required to attend 4 hours a day for 5 days


Analysis of selected theories of child development relevant to the birth to twelve years of age focusing on the holistic nature of development from conception to birth and the critical nature of early and later development. Domains of development - physical, psychosocial, and cognitive will be examined and how development may be fostered in home and care contexts. Students will critique Piaget’s theory of sensory motor development analysing what is currently applicable to the birth – three age group. In addition, the work of the Neo-Piagtians will be examined to determine how it has extended the work of Piaget. Students will develop understanding of attachment theory by critiquing the work of Bowlby and Ainsworth. Tools for assessment will be investigated, including observation techniques and appropriate documentation. Brain growth and function will be analysed with reference to influences on development including, nature-nurture debates, attachment theory, temperament and psycho-social well-being in infants, toddlers and children. 


Literature Critique Part A, 400 words, 10%

Literature Critique Part B, 1200 words, 30%

Essay, 2400 words, 60%

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