PSY301 Child Development

Lead Faculty: Dr. Nicole Polen-Petit

Course Description

Familiarizes students with the foundational theories of human development, current research directions in developmental psychology, major developmental perspectives and research approaches in developmental psychology and issues surrounding diversity, emphasizing an ecosystemic model of thinking about and understanding children and their development. In addition to the previous topics, the following areas will be discussed: the history of childhood; developmental theories and appropriate practices in education; play as a medium for learning and development; and the field of discipline particularly as it relates to development, behaviors and considering temperament in children.

Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to classify and describe methods used to study child development.
  • Ability to describe and apply ethical standards in working with and studying children.
  • Ability to compare and contrast major theories of child development.
  • Ability to compare and contrast perceptual-motor abilities in children of different ages.
  • Ability to sequence and describe changes in cognitive abilities from birth through middle childhood.
  • Ability to breakdown the process of social maturation.
  • Ability to articulate the interaction between biological, social, and cultural processes in early childhood development.
  • Ability to research and write an empirically-based paper on early childhood development.