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    A critical, social context approach to the development of infants and children, focusing on sociocultural processes and on the social construction of childhood.

    Have children? Work with children? Planning to work with children? Are just plain amazed by children and what they say and do?

    Learn about how children develop from before they're born up to around age 11, what "makes them tick", how to communicate with them and how to understand their communications to you. You will design a child-oriented product as part of this paper to apply what you've learned.

    About this paper

    Paper title Child Development
    Subject Education
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    One 200-level EDUC or PSYC paper
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music
    Having taken an introductory human development and/or human learning paper will be helpful, as we build on what was covered in those papers.
    Teaching staff

    Paper Coordinator: Dr Jane Carroll


    Arnett, J., Maynard, A., Brownlow, C., & Chapin, L. (2020). Child Development: A Cultural Approach (1st ed.). Pearson.

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    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

    • Understand physiological, cognitive, emotional, social, intellectual and personality development within each age level from conception through pre-adolescence
    • Evaluate the importance of hereditary and environmental influences on child development
    • Understand the process of growth as a continuous, individual, highly complex process
    • Understand the various theories in the field of child development
    • Understand the problem of developmental disabilities in the context of normal development
    • Connect the theoretical concepts discussed to practical applications in working with children and in parenting


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 13:00-14:50 9-13, 15-22
    Tuesday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22
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