Child Development

Child Development


This course will provide students with an understanding of the major theories of child and adolescent development. It will examine the research methods appropriate to the study of development. In addition, it will look at the overview of issues in child development within the cross-cultural and multi-cultural contexts.


Learning Outcomes:

Learning outcomes
The learner will:
Assessment criteria
The learner can:
1. Introduce the major topics, issues, terminology, and guidelines to create a quality environment and quality instruction. 1.1 Describe methods of child study and explain authentic assessment.
1.2 Explain how perception is a critical aspect of learning.
1.3 Construct a list of guidelines for creating a quality environment and quality instruction.
2. Examine the growth and development of children and factors that affect physical growth 2.1 Identify the important factors in infant communication
2.2 Articulate the sociocultural aspects of toddler cognitive and language development
2.3 Identify the six factors that affect physical growth
3. Demonstrate an understanding in the importance of the contexts (relationship) within which children develop in factors that can affect school achievement and adjustment. 3.1 Explain the importance of culture in language development and use.
3.2 Select important adult responsibilities in support of language diversity.
3.3 Describe various factors that can affect school achievement and adjustment.


Course Outline

Topics in Part 1
  • Prenatal Development, Infancy & Early Childhood
  • Biological Foundations: Heredity, Prenatal Development & Birth
  • Tools for Exploring the World: Physical, Perceptual, & Motor Development
  • The Emergence of Thought & Language: Cognitive Dev. in Infancy & Early Childhood
  • Entering the Social World: Socioemotional Development in Infancy & Early Childhood
  • Off To School: Cognitive & Physical Development in Middle Childhood
  • Expanding Social Horizons: Socioemotional Development in Middle Childhood
  • Rites of Passage: Physical & Cognitive Development In Adolescence
  • Moving into the Adult Social World: Socioemotional Development in Adolescence
  • Becoming an Adult: Physical, Cognitive & Personality Development In Young Adult
  • Being with Others: Relationships in Young & Middle Adulthood
  • Working & Relaxing
  • Making It in Midlife: The Bio psychosocial Challenges of Middle Adulthood
  • The Personal Context of Later Life: Cognitive, & Mental Health Issues
  • Social Aspects of Life: Psychosocial, Retirement, Relationship, & Social Issues
  • Dying & Bereavement
Topics in Part 2
  • Studying the Young Child – Brief History & Theories
  • How Play, Technology & Digital Media, & Disabilities Affect Learning
  • Factors Affecting Learning
  • Infant Cognitive and Affective Development
  • The Toddler: Autonomy Development
  • Physical and Motor Development
  • Oral and Written Language Development
  • How Adults Enrich Language and Concept Development
  • Affective Development
  • How Adults Support Affective Development
  • Preschool to Primary School: Bridging the Gap into the Primary Grades
  • Primary Grade Child Development


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