This course is designed for students to study the growth and development of children from the prenatal stage through adolescence. For each stage of development, the physical, cognitive, linguistic, social-moral and emotional aspects of development with attention to both typical as well as atypical development are discussed in each area. Included are the influences of culture, family and the environment. The material in this course is designed as a foundation for teaching, nursing, early childhood education and parenting.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- identify the typical and atypical developmental stages of children.
- describe current and prominent theories of child development.
- apply developmental theories to teaching and child rearing practices.
- examine and evaluate the role of teachers and other professionals in facilitating children’s development.
- identify typical behavior of children and the individual differences and special needs (physical, cognitive, emotional and social development) in each child.
- analyze the influence of culture, family, society and environment and the roles they play in the child’s development.
- assess a child’s development through a case study involving observation, activities and comparisons.
- write an evaluation of a child’s development as compared to norms.
- demonstrate a knowledge of child development in the domains of physical, cognitive and socio-emotional development.