Understanding Theories of Teaching, Learning & Development

EDU10020 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester

Contact hours

  • 24 Hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

Aims and objectives

This unit introduces pre-service teachers to theories of learning and development. They are introduced to the major perspectives of learning and explore how these relate to teaching processes. Pre-service teachers will be challenged to reflect upon their own belief system and how this relates to different contemporary theories and contexts of learning and its potential impact on teaching. In addition, pre-service teachers will explore how developmental factors impact learning.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Analyse key learning theories and relate them to values, beliefs and contexts.
2. Reflect upon personal beliefs about learning and teaching and relate these to contemporary theories and practice.
3. Apply their understanding of learning theories to analyse pedagogy, assessment and classroom practice.
4. Describe and communicate knowledge and understanding of the intellectual, physical, language, emotional, moral, social and psychological development of children and young people in contemporary society and how these may affect learning.

Courses with unit

This unit will be offered for the final time Semester 1 2021