Details for Brain Development from a 21st Century Perspective

The purpose of this subject is to provide students with an introduction to the field of educational neuroscience.  It explores the brain’s structure, development and functions and investigates how we can apply this understanding to support optimal learning and wellbeing. This subject considers the factors that influence brain development and functioning and evidence-based theory and research on the brain and learning.

Note: Previous subject code CRS115.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: EDU115
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Sue Westraad


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Brain Development from a 21st Century Perspective

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Articulate an understanding of the physical and functional aspects of the brain, including neuroplasticity, and the implications for learning and teaching
  2. Explore the impact of biological, environmental, social, and psychological factors on brain development and optimal functioning.
  3. Explain how the brain responds to various stimuli, stressors, and environmental factors, enabling teachers to create optimal conditions for learning and emotional regulation in the classroom.
  4. Reflect on how evidenced-based neuroscience theory can inform and enhance teaching and learning.

Subject Content

  • Introduction to neuroscience.
  • Structures of the brain– Brain Architecture and Brain Development.
  • Stages of physical and cognitive development and factors that shape and influence this development, including diet and lifestyle; puberty.
  • Serve and return: How social interactions shape brain development.
  • The unity of emotion, thinking and learning.
  • The brain and learning.
  • The application to Early Childhood and Primary School learning contexts.
  • Toxic stress: How early life stresses shapes brain architecture.
  • The importance of building executive functions.
  • New Directions.



This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face-to-Face
  • eLearning (online)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Multiple Choice Exam (25%)
  • Literature Review and Outline + Minor Essay (50%)
  • Reflective Learning Journal (25%)

Prescribed Text

  • References will include the most current curriculum requirements for schools.

Check with the instructor each semester before purchasing any prescribed texts or representative references.