This course focuses on the issues related to child development and learning. It examines the reasons for child study and its influence on families and education. The interactions between education/learning and all the developmental domains will be studied from conception up to adolescence. Each age group (infant/toddler, preschooler and school-age) receives a minimum of 20 classroom hours of focused study related to the course content. Students will become familiar with the most recent research, and design their own field observation and projects that support and test current theories of development. In addition, students will explore how professional work with children is changing and how they can become advocates for the well-being of children and families in their community, nation and the world. Group 2 course.
Recommended Prerequisites or Skills Competencies ECE 101
or PSY 101
; placement into ENG 11
General Education Outcomes supported by this course
Critical Thinking - Direct
Course Learning Outcomes Knowledge:
- Explain the fundamentals of basic theories and developmental principles associated with child development.
- Articulate the role of research in child development.
- Describe the four major stages of child development for all designated age groups.
- Design a field research project that tests a theory of development based on personal research.
- Analyze how child development knowledge influences a parent's or professional's work with children.
- Relate educational principles to their family's development.
- Associate child and family services with appropriate educational experiences.
Caring - Civic Learning:
- Relate their own learning development to the developmental pathways of others.
Learning How to Learn:
- Advocate for the wellbeing of children and families in their community.
- Analyze their own learning when creating their Course Success Plan.