Children arrive with many skills and grow up in a complex sphere of social and economic circumstances and challenges. Researchers and scientists have long speculated about the importance of these influences on infants and subsequent development. As a result, research and theory in child growth and development have exploded, resulting in a plethora of new knowledge in the area. This course presents you with the latest research and thinking to help you better appreciate the complex interactions that characterize human development in infancy and childhood. While this course gives attention to articles that discuss effective, practical applications, it also explores and emphasizes important contemporary issues and challenges, including topics such as development in the context of cultural and societal influences and the influence of media and technology on learning. This course includes information about advances in trying to prevent and help premature babies, information regarding brain development, perception, memory, language, and schooling, the latest research in social and emotional development, and topics on parenting and family issues.
a. Become familiar with up-to-date information by presenting current topics of information based on scientific evidence.
b. Become familiar with advances in trying to prevent and help premature babies.
c. Become familiar with how genetic and prenatal stress can affect development.
d. Recognize that there are issues in gender socialization, play, bullying and antisocial behavior.
e. Understand information regarding brain development, perception, memory and language in young children.
f. Understand issues relating to discipline, effects of divorce, sibling interactions, and cultural differences.
g. Understand special challenges of development, such as obesity, autism, or traumatic situations.
a. Conception to birth
b. Cognition, Language, and Learning
c. Early cognition and physical development
d. Learning in School
e. The child's feelings: Emotional development
f. Entry into the social world: Peers, play and popularity
g. Parenting and family issues
h. Cultural and societal influences
This course is applicable towards the following certificate(s):
*Health and Human Development
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