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EDEC 063 – Child Development

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: The biological, psychological, and social growth and development of children and their relationships with family, peers, and institutions.

Section Description: This course is an overview of Child Development from the prenatal period through age 12. In this course you can expect to learn about how children develop, major milestones along the way, the intrinsic and extrinsic forces that influence their development, and the major theories that explain and help us understand development. This is a very important course and lays the foundation for your educational experience as an early childhood educator. For students who may not continue in this field, it is foundational learning for a variety of studies and professions in the broad field of psychology and human services. It will help all of us reflect on our own development and upbringing. I hope that it will help guide you to a greater understanding of children and development--whether you experience these children as friends, family members, students or clients. I will endeavor to help you learn this knowledge so that it will live in your head, heart and body. Raising and caring for children is emotionally, physically and cognitively demanding--I hope to prepare you to address the emotional, cognitive and physical needs of children, and at the same time help prepare you feed your body, mind and spirit while you develop as a student and teacher. My approach will be to balance book learning with experiences. My goal is to prepare you to make the most of the reading and then create a learning experience that will help you internalize or interpret the text. I will then ask you for a written reflection about your learning. Each Wednesday I will pre-teach chapter content. You will be assigned a reading from the text and possibly a complimentary article or film. The following Monday we will have a classroom learning experience that will help to a deeper understanding of the text. I’ll give you a brief assignment which will be due the following Wednesday. You can expect a variety of experiences in this class--discussion, observation, debate, reflection, reading, role play. Some classroom experiences will be well aligned to your learning styles, others not so much. I want to stretch your learning, and this is SUPPOSED to be a little uncomfortable.

CRN: 93482

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 28/45

Days Time Location
MW 08:00 - 09:15 L/L COMMONS 216

Instructor(s): Adam J Rosen

Meeting Dates: 28 Aug 2017 - 08 Dec 2017