Dana C Nelson
Theoretical perspectives and research methods in child development with an overview of historical and current works. Includes prenatal and biological development, the development of cognitive, linguistic, and social and emotional abilities. Not open for credit to students who have taken PSYCH 306. Prerequisite: PSYCH 101.
This course provides an overview of research on child development, from conception through early adolescence. By the end of the class, you should be able to describe:
-major theories and principles of child development
-basic research methods in developmental psychology
-prenatal development and birth
-developmental processes and changes across the following domains: *physical/biological *cognitive/linguistic *social/emotional/moral
-contexts that may affect development
You should also be able to:
-apply developmental concepts to real-life settings
-think critically and communicate effectively about developmental phenomena
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures will include a mix of lecturing, film/video presentations, live “demonstrations”/panels, and small-group discussions/activities. Discussion sections give students opportunities to think critically and apply what they have learned to controversial or provocative issues. Because in-class time will focus on supplemental material and provide opportunities for discussion, it is expected that students will come to class already having read the assigned textbook material. There will be minimal overlap across information presented in reading assignments, lectures, and discussion sections. Please anticipate spending approximately 10-15 hours per week (i.e., 2-3 hours per credit) outside of class on reading, completing assignments, and preparing for exams or class discussions.
Class assignments and grading
-exams: multiple choice; 2 quizzes, 1 midterm, 1 final
-homework: online multiple-choice questions
-several short papers (these are reflection papers based on either watching documentary films OR volunteering in a service learning position)
-group project (in the past, this has been either a toy project or a community organization report; students who complete service learning do not need to complete the group project)
About 50% of the grade is based on in-class exams.
The rest of the grade is based on participation in small-group discussions (most students who participate in the discussions earn full credit), short papers, the group project, and online homework (students can resubmit the online homework until they earn 100%).