Education: EDUC 1041 Children's Development: Conception to 3 years

Assessment Task

Assessment 2

You have been asked to read and make notes from relevant sections in the Berk text book as well as two other sources. It is recommended that you find a chapter in a handbook or an encyclopedia entry that relates to your chosen topic for Assessment 2. Related work by Nicolò Paternoster (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) [Source: flickr]The references you select must be less than 10 years old.

The ‘topics’ for Assessment 2 are as follows:

  • visual and auditory perception: birth to 9 months
  • fine motor development: 18 to 36 months
  • gross motor development: 0 to 18 months
  • communication: birth to 12 months
  • speech comprehension and production:12 to 36 months
  • emotional expression and self-regulation: birth to 36 months

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)

PASS image - Image source: UniSAThe Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) program is:

  • run by students who have excelled in particular courses
  • assist with your understanding of course content
  • relaxed and informal environment
  • FREE! - no need to book check the timetable and attend any session!
Sessions for EDUC1041 Children's Development: Conception to 3 years held at Magill  and online.
Click on the link below to view the timetable

Locate and evaluate

You have been asked to find chapters in handbooks or an encyclopedia entry.

Handbooks and encyclopedias give a great overview of a topic and usually make it easy for the reader to understand. You may need to search for these using the broader subject, such as Child Development, in order to locate a chapter that is relevant to your chosen topic.

If you would like assistance from Library staff in searching please use one of the following options:

  • chat online with Library staff
  • use the Library/IT Service Point located in the Library
  • in both cases, if you are in the Library, staff will come to you if they are not able to assist remotely

When searching the Library Catalogue keep the search as simple.  Start your search with broad terms. For instance, rather than searching for a specific skill such as "visual perception" think more broadly and use perception. Try the broad search first and try to refine that search using the options on the left hand menu. If you still have too many results, then use the more narrow term or phrase.

Here are a couple of ideas to search for resources relating to visual and auditory perception:

  • perception "child development"
  • perception infant
  • visual perception development
  • perception toddler

Another example is to use related terms. For instance, you could search using the words fine motor development or the broader term motor skills.

Once you have run the search you can review the results and consider other ways to refine the list. Try one of the following:

  • Add another term
  • Look at the subjects listed in the 'refine' options on the left hand side
  • Limit to a date range e.g. 2008 - 2018

Another option is to limit your search to books only. Do this from the left hand options under Format. Alternatively you could type the word handbook or the word encyclopedia.

If you  want to change your search terms make sure you select Keep search refinements under the search field so you don't lose the date range.

You will definitely find material in the field, but you still need to determine if it suits your needs.

Try out your search here.

What is Google Scholar?  Google Scholar searches for scholarly literature across many disciplines.

Google Scholar:

  • includes peer reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles that are currently available on the web
  • sources from academic publishers, professional societies, repositories, universities and other scholarly organisations

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Always access Google Scholar from the Google Scholar link on the Library home page.  This will enable access to the full text if held by UniSA.

Always use the Advanced Search feature.  By using the Advanced Search you can control your search and limit by date.

Here is one example:


Is your information relevant or reliable?  Not sure whether to use the information you have found?   There are some simple ways to evaluate your results.

Watch   You be the Judge: learn to evaluate

Or use the CRAAP test.

The CRAAP Test was developed by the Meriam Library at California State University to help you evaluate the information you find.

Assess the resource against the following criteria:

This guide has been adapted from the Evaluating Information - Applying the CRAAP Test by California State University  


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