HMDEV300-20A (NET)

Children's Development in Families

15 Points

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Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education


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Paper Description

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Kia ora koutou katoa

Welcome to the paper Children’s Development in Families

In this paper students explore theory and research related to the development of children within family and community contexts. Students examine how historical and social contexts influence developmental knowledge. A number of contemporary New Zealand issues in the fields of human development and family studies will be investigated from a multi-disciplinary perspective. The emphasis is on theory and research with consideration given to its impact on policy and practice. Students also examine critically the ways in which children’s voices are researched and how these contribute to matters that affect them. Students gain skills in planning small research projects with children.

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Paper Structure

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Ngā āhuatanga / Description and Structure

Calendar description
This paper explores issues and influences on children's development in family contexts. The emphasis is on theory and research with consideration given to policy and practice.

Internal assessment/examination ratio: 1:0

Structure of the paper
This paper is taught entirely online in weeks 10-23 between Monday, 2 March and Friday, 5 June 2020. All class interaction takes place in Moodle, the Learning Management System used at the University of Waikato. Most of the activity is asynchronous. This paper will be supported with regular podcasts and short videos as well as powerpoint slides and other resources, in addition to online discussions and tasks.

You are expected to participate regularly in all the weekly activities online. You are also required to submit your assignments using Moodle (please see the Assessment section of this outline for more details).

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • locate, read and interpret published research on children’s development in families
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  • demonstrate an understanding of historical and social contexts, and the reciprocal influences of policies and legislation and views about child development and the family
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  • identify, explain and critique some key development theories, including those from Te Ao Māori
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  • explain some ecological factors that shape children's development in families
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  • critically examine popular and academic writing from a discursive perspective;
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  • prepare to conduct a small study using interview procedures with children, and explore ways to analyse data and write up the findings as a research report
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Ngā aromatawai / Assessments

General requirements and regulations
Please note that any announcements regarding general requirements and assessment not contained in this document will be posted in the Announcements forum. You need to ensure that your default email address is correct in Moodle, as the site will forward these messages to you automatically.

Assessment Components
The requirements for each of the assessments are described in detail later in this Paper Outline.

Alignment of assessment and learning outcomes
Students will be working towards all of the above Learning Outcomes throughout this paper. All the outcomes will be assessed in an ongoing and holistic way through students’ online participation (Assignment 1). In addition, Assignment 2 will contribute to the assessment of i), iii), v), vi) Assignment 3 to the assessment of i), ii), iv).

Passing the paper
In order to be eligible for a pass in this paper students are expected to contribute regularly to the weekly online discussions and complete all other assignments. If you do not obtain a passing grade for a particular assessment item, you will still pass the course if your overall mark reaches 50% (C-).You are strongly advised to attempt all tasks, as this will increase the likelihood that you pass the course overall.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Online Activities and Discussions
  • Online: Moodle Forum Discussion
2. Research Proposal
10 Apr 2020
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Development in Context Report
22 May 2020
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Ngā pānuitanga matua / Required Reading

There is no set textbook for this paper.

There are two Readings Lists for this paper available through the University of Waikato library. One has details of shared reading to be discussed each week and provides background reading for assignments. The other will be opened nearer to Assignment Three and has historical material that may be of use to you for your assignment.

Other reading
There is considerable choice within assignment topics and students are expected to carry out library searches for appropriate materials. Assistance will be given with online from your Lecturers and Library Coach.

Guest lecturers may also indicate other recommended reading in relation to their topics. Students will be advised of these readings in Moodle during the sessions concerned.
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Online Support

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This paper is taught fully online. All coursework and support is provided in the Moodle forum.
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Ngā mahi / Workload

This is a 300 Level paper (15 points). The minimum workload expected for a paper at this level is 150 hours. Generally, your time will be spent:

  • Working with online resources each week e.g. reading powerpoints, listening to 'lectures', watching video clips, etc.
  • Sourcing and reading relevant literature
  • Participating in online discussions and activities
  • Preparing the written work for assessments.
  • Maintaining contact with the teaching team and other class members through the online forums

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Linkages to Other Papers

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This 300 level course is an important contribution to the Human Development major, and the graduate profile for several Bachelor degrees. It provides valuable preparation for graduate study and research within Human Development, Education and other related subjects. For details please see the list of Human Development papers: or talk to the Course Coordinator.
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Prerequisite papers: Either HDCO100, HMDEV100 or TEHD100, TEEDU102 and 15 points at 200 level in any subject.




Restricted papers: HDCO301

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