This collection contains the Affordable Learning Solution for the Southern University System (AL$4SUS) list of peer-reviewed textbooks for Child Growth and Development (common course-id CDEV 100), a top 50 college course identified for inclusion in the Southern University Online Library for Education (SUOLforEd).
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General Course Description: CDEV 100
This introductory course examines the major physical, psychosocial, and cognitive/language developmental milestones for children, both typical and atypical, from conception through adolescence. There will be an emphasis on interactions between maturational processes and environmental factors. While studying developmental theory and investigative research methodologies, students will observe children, evaluate individual differences and analyze characteristics of development at various stages.
Minimum Units: 3.0
Any rationale or comment:
Materials adopted by the Early Childhood Curriculum Alignment Project (CAP) in 2007 for use by all California Community Colleges. Endorsed by the California Community College Early Childhood Educators (CCCECE).
- Introduction to developmental perspectives.
- Major current and historical theoretical frameworks of child development.
- Investigative research methods: interviews, surveys, observation; documentation, analysis,
- Presentation of findings. Including questions of ethics, bias, and validity of research heredity and genetics.
- Conception and prenatal development.
- Birth: physiology, psychology, social and cultural influences.
- Development (including but not limited to physical, social/emotional, cognitive, language, special needs, risk factors, and care and education at each level).
- Infant and toddler development.
- Play-years development.
- Middle childhood development.
- Adolescent development.
- Bilingual development and theories of language learning and bilingualism.
- Gender roles; childhood and adolescent sexuality.
- Contemporary social issues that impact children’s development.
- The role and influence of family and caregivers.
- The role and influence cultural and societal impacts.
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
- Describe major developmental milestones for children from conception through adolescence in the areas of physical, psychosocial, cognitive, and language development.
- Analyze how cultural, economic, political, historical contexts affect children’s development.
- Identify cultural, economic, political historical contexts that affect children’s development.
- Identify and compare major theoretical frameworks related to the study of human development.
- Apply developmental theory to child observations, surveys, and/or interviews using investigative research methodologies.
- Differentiate characteristics of typical and atypical development.