EDM104-Child Development and Education

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Daisy Powell

Email: d.a.powell@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module will provide students with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the development of children from infancy to adolescence and to apply this to educational settings.


  • to develop an understanding of classic and contemporary psychological accounts of cognitive development and how these relate to education.
  • to develop an understanding of contemporary accounts of the development of language and how this relates to education.
  • to develop an understanding of the ways in which empirical evidence can inform the development of interventions to enhance pupil learning.
  • to develop an understanding of the social and emotional development of children and how this relates to education.
  • to develop an understanding of the nature of typical and atypical development.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • read, understand and critically evaluate contemporary research on children’s development
  • critically analyse recent national initiatives on the curriculum and educational settings in relation to typical and atypical development.
  • critically evaluate their own teaching in the light of evidence

Additional outcomes:
Enhanced classroom practice in making provision for individual needs.

Outline content:
Development in historical contexts: changing understandings of childhood, from Piaget and Vygotsky to the information processing theorists.

  • Cognitive development - implications for educational settings;
  • Language development - implications for educational settings;
  • Social development - implications for educational settings;
  • Atypical development;
  • Teaching approaches;
  • Assessment and diagnosis;
  • Gender issues in achievement;
  • Cross cultural aspects of development.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

  • Tutor lead lectures and seminars
  • Group discussions and readings;
  • Practical assessment workshops
  • Presentations.
Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 30
Guided independent study 170
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
There will be one written assignment of 5,000 words. The topic and title is to be negotiated with the module convenor.

Formative assessment methods:
Students will be set regular tasks on which they receive feedback from the tutor.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
Students must achieve 50%

Reassessment arrangements:
resubmission within one calendar month of the notification of failure

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books: There are no required text books for this module. However, two useful books listed are: Berk, L. (2013). Child Development. (Ninth Edition). Pearson
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 21 December 2016

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