ECE781 - Bioecological Perspectives of Child Development in the Early Years (Birth-Eight)


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in E661, E761


Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 3-hour seminar per non-placement teaching week (approx. 8-9 weeks).

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x 2-hour seminar and 1 x 1-hour meeting per non-placement teaching week (approx. 8-9 weeks).


This unit will provide students with advanced knowledge and understanding of the multidimensional factors surrounding human development, with a particular emphasis of children from birth to early schooling (8-years). 

Students will engage in an exploration of theories of human development drawing from biological, ecological, socio-cultural, environmental and experiential understandings of development. Students will also develop an understanding of atypical development of young children as a way of supporting the identification and enhanced awareness of young children who may be experiencing developmental challenges and vulnerabilities. 

During the unit, students will use a physical education lens to apply their advanced research and critical analysis skills to examine and assess children’s physical health and wellbeing using strengths based, child centred approaches. In doing do, they will gain understanding of the holistic nature of development and the implications for teaching and learning. The role and importance of families as central to children’s development will be explored and analysed.

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