- Module Title: Child Development
- Module Prefix/Number: PSYC 204
- Credit Hours: Three (3)
- Description: Understanding Child Development is a valuable tool for social service professionals, special educators, parents and others who require a practical understanding of young children.The module in introduces us to the uniqueness of young children and how to work with children in a way that corresponds to their developmental level and social and cultural environment. Students will be introduced to learning theories and research as well as information about the importance of play and technology in young children’s learning process.
- Student Learning Outcomes: After completing this course, students are expected to be able to:
- Comprehend young children’s characteristics and needs from birth to age of 8 years.
- To assess the developmental path of child development
- To discuss the multiple influences on development and learning
- To explore the important components in planning, implementing and evaluating a classroom experience.
- Know and understand the effective strategies for early education including technology and play.
- Explain the advantages of inclusion for children with Special Needs.
- Discuss how developmental theories support the value of play.
- Describe the features of learning and how learning occurs
- Explain how perception is a critical aspect of learning
- Understanding positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation of work with children.
- Explain how adults can provide creative experiences for children’s language, literacy, and concept development.
- Discuss how appropriate teaching supports concept and language instructions
- Understanding of the importance of a respectful and safe community and reciprocal relationships with families.
- Describe the various aspects of peer relationship.
- Explain the value of inclusion and socialization for young children with disabilities.
- Identify the various theories of social development.
- Grading Scale: Your letter grade in this course will be determined by calculating your score on all assignments and exams as a percentage of the total possible score, on a standard grading scale:
|Your Letter Grade
||Your Score as % of Total
As part of the requirements, students must complete short assignments based on these studies. There will be 2 assignments, each attracting 20% of total course grade.
Assignment (Essay) 20%
Students are also required to turn in an essay assignment.
Guidelines for the essay assignment:
- Word limit: 1500 – 2500
- The assignment should be typed using Times New Roman, 12-point size, double spaced, and 1″ margins.
- The assignment should be edited for spelling and grammar.
- References to be provided using the APA guidelines.
There is a final exam (40%) consisting of short answer questions. The exam will be based on material covered in the lecture notes and textbook readings.
- Course Outline
- Studying the Young Child – Brief History & Theories
- How Play, Technology & Digital Media, & Disabilities Affect Learning
- Factors Affecting Learning
- Infancy: Theory, Environment, Health & Motor Skills
- Infant Cognitive & Affective Development
- The Cognitive System, Concept Development and Intelligence
- Oral and Written Language Development
- How Adults Enrich Language and Concept Development
- Effective Development
- How Adults Support Affective Development
- Preschool to Primary School: Bridging the Gap
- Primary Grade Child Development
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