Renee L. Ha
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.
The purpose of this course is to provide you with an overview of the study of child development. At the end of the course, you will be able to
* describe the major theories and principles of child psychology; * describe the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional characteristics of children during the following five stages of development: infancy, toddlerhood, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence; * identify some of the biological and social factors that may affect development; * evaluate current issues in child development in light of theories and research findings in child psychology; and * apply these concepts to an educational setting
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Introductory psychology is helpful for this course, but for non-majors I can waive this requirement, particularly if you are willing to work a little harder in the early portion of the course to learn the related concepts.
Class assignments and grading