Understanding Theories of Teaching, Learning & Development

EDU60017 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online

Contact hours

  • On-campus: 24 hours Face to face Swinburne online – Fully online

2020 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2 Teaching Period 3

6 Jul 20 - 4 Oct 20

27 Oct 20

Last self enrolment:
19 Jul 20

31 Jul 20

Last withdraw without fail:
21 Aug 20

2 Nov 20 - 7 Feb 21

2 Mar 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Nov 20

27 Nov 20

Last withdraw without fail:
25 Dec 20

Aims and objectives

This unit introduces pre-service teachers to theories of learning and development. They are introduced to the major theories 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. Critically analyse key learning theories and relate them to values, beliefs and contexts.
2. Critically 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 and classroom practice.
4. Demonstrate 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 replaces EDU60011 Teaching the Whole Child
MA-TEAPRI2 Master of Teaching (Primary)
MA-TEAPRI3 Master of Teaching (Primary)
MA-TEASC Master of Teaching (Secondary)