EDM104-Child Development and Education

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
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Module version for: 2017/8

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.

Aims:

  • 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: 31 March 2017

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