EDU303 : Child Development

Course Overview

Course Synopsis

Child Development focuses on the principles underlying physical, mental, emotional and social development, and methods of child study and practical implications. This course is a study of the principles of child growth and development from conception to adolescence. The main focus of the course will be on continuity of development, factors affecting development, research methods in child development, different theoretical perspectives with reference to development, different developmental periods.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the foundations and importance of child development
  • Learn about physical, social, emotional, language and cognitive development
  • Get familiar with the basic research methodology use in child development
  • Summarize the theoretical frame work of different pioneers that work as the base to explain child development
  • Explain the importance of different developmental periods
  • Discuss sensation, perception, learning brain, body, motor skills to sexual maturation
  • State different theories and importance of language and communication with an emphasis on multilingualism
  • Understand individual differences in general abilities and intelligence along with achievement motivation and intellectual performance
  • Identify the role of socialization agents in development of a child
  • Define the gradual learning of gender roles and gender differences in course of a child’s development
  • Have a grip on understanding of morality, altruism and prosocial development
  • Have a clearer understanding of developmental psychopathologies, risk and protective factors in normal development, genetic and chromosomal abnormalities and genetic counseling

Course Calendar

Overview of Growth and Development1Handouts1-3
Factors Affecting Development: Biology and Environment2Handouts4-6
Twin and Adoption Studies3Handouts7-9
Continuity of Development4Handouts10-17
National Surveys & Epidemiological Studies5Handouts18-19
Self-Reports and Observation6Handouts20-22
Correlation and Experimentation7Handouts23-25
Case Studies and Studies Using Combined Methodologies8Handouts26-27
Structural-Organismic perspectives & Psychodynamic Theory9Handouts28-29
Quiz No. 1
Piagetian Theory & Vygotsky’s Sociocultural View10Handouts30-32
Behaviorism and Cognitive, Social Learning Theories11Handouts33-35
Socio-cultural Theory and Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Theory12Handouts36-37
Assignment No. 1
Ethological and Evolutionary Approach13Handouts38-40
Prenatal Development and Birth : Stages of Prenatal Development14Handouts41-45
Prenatal Development and Birth: Birth and the Beginnings of Life15Handouts46-48
Newborn: Socio-Cultural Perspective16Handouts48-50
Newborn: Socio-Cultural Perspective17Handouts51-54
Infancy: Sensation, Perception and Learning18Handouts55-57
Quiz No. 2
Brain, Body, Motor Skills and Sexual Maturation: Nervous System and Brain Development in Infancy19Handouts58-60
Brain, Body, Motor Skills and Sexual Maturation: Nutrition, Physical Growth, Sexual Maturation & Sleep Patterns20Handouts61-64
Brain, Body, Motor Skills and Sexual Maturation: Being Over or Underweight and Obesity21Handouts65-67
Brain, Body, Motor Skills and Sexual Maturation: Need for exercise Play for growth and Security22Handouts68-71
Mid Term Exams
Emotional Development and Attachment: Emotions and Emotional Regulation23Handouts72-74
Emotional Development and Attachment: Development, Nature and Quality of Attachment24Handouts75-77
Emotional Development and Attachment: Resilience and Coping with Traumatic Experiences25Handouts78-79
Emotional Development and Attachment: Resilience and Coping with Traumatic Experiences26Handouts80-83
Language and Communication: Theories of Language Development27Handouts84-86
Language and Communication: Social and Creative Uses of Language28Handouts87-91
Assignment No. 2
Language and Communication: Nature of Language and Thought in Infancy29Handouts92-94
Language and Communication: Multilingualism, Education and Mother Tongue30Handouts95-97
Intelligence and Achievement: Individual Differences in General Abilities and Intelligence31Handouts98-102
Quiz No. 3
Intelligence and Achievement: Achievement Motivation and Intellectual Performance32Handouts103-105
Intelligence and Achievement: Learning Theories and Classroom Teaching33Handouts106-108
Socialization: The Family, Peers and Friends: The Family System34Handouts109-111
Socialization: The Family, Peers and Friends: Determinants of Parenting, Childrearing Practices and Styles35Handouts112-116
Socialization: The Family, Peers and Friends: Sibling and Peer Relations36Handouts117-121
Gender Roles and Gender Differences: Sex and Gender Roles37Handouts122-127
Gender Roles and Gender Differences: Theories of Gender Identity38Handouts128-130
Morality, Altruism and Prosocial Development: Theories of Moral Development39Handouts131-134
Morality, Altruism and Prosocial Development: Altruism and Prosocial Development40Handouts135-138
Quiz No. 4
Developmental Psychopathology: Risk and Protective Factors41Handouts139-142
Developmental Psychopathology: Genetic Abnormalities and Genetic Counseling42Handouts143-146
Developmental Psychopathology: ADHD and Autism43Handouts147-149
Developmental Psychopathology: Aggression, Behavioral Problems and Conduct Disorders44Handouts150-152
Developmental Psychopathology: Special Children and Children with Learning Disabilities45Handouts153-156
Final Term Exams
Disclaimer: This is a tentative plan for the semester. It can be changed if needed and students will be informed via announcement.
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