Contemporary Perspectives of Learning and Development

EDU20003 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 24 hours face to face + blended + Swinburne Online

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

29 Jul 24 - 27 Oct 24

3 Dec 24

Last self enrolment:
11 Aug 24

31 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
13 Sep 24

More teaching periods
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 1
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

11 Mar 24 - 9 Jun 24

2 Jul 24

Last self enrolment:
24 Mar 24

5 Apr 24

Last withdraw without fail:
26 Apr 24

4 Nov 24 - 9 Feb 25

4 Mar 25

Last self enrolment:
17 Nov 24

29 Nov 24

Last withdraw without fail:
27 Dec 24




Aims and objectives

In this unit pre-service teachers focus on contemporary approaches and perspectives in education. The unit examines issues affecting the child with specific reference to family, school, peers, culture and diverse social contexts, as well as developmental differences. This provides them with the opportunity to acquire knowledge of diverse traditional and contemporary philosophical and pedagogical perspectives and the capacity to use this knowledge to inform their professional judgments

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Analyse the social, cultural, historical and philosophical factors that affect development and learning
2. Investigate and analyse contemporary issues that affect the child in the 21st Century
3. Consider teaching practice in light of past and present perspectives about children, childhood and education
4. Describe the contemporary construct of the competent and capable child
5. Analyse their teaching practice in light of past and current perspectives and theories about children, childhood and education