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Effective: Winter 2014
CHLD 2CHILD GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT II: MIDDLE CHILDHOOD THROUGH ADOLESCENCE4 Unit(s)

Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Social & Behavioral Sciences Transferable: CSU/UC
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Identify the behaviors and characteristics of children in middle childhood through adolescence.
  • Identify and describe major developmental milestones of middle childhood development and adolescence.
  • Identify the different theories of child development and their implications on current practice in the early childhood field.
Description -
Development of the child from middle childhood through adolescence. This introductory course examines the major physical, psychosocial, and cognitive/language developmental milestones for children, both typical and atypical, from middle childhood through adolescence. 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.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Examine the discipline of middle childhood development and adolescent development through examination of the historical and cultural foundations.
  2. Evaluate and analyze the major theories and research which surround middle childhood development and adolescent development and recognize the implications on current practice in the field.
  3. Apply developmental theory to child observations, surveys, and/or interviews using investigative research methodologies.
  4. Identify and describe major developmental milestones for children typical and atypical, from middle childhood through adolescence in the areas of physical, psychosocial, cognitive, and language development.
  5. Analyze and reflect on one's own behavior, personality and values through the study of middle childhood and adolescence.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
None

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Examine the discipline of middle childhood development and adolescent development through examination of the historical and cultural foundations. (Lec)
    1. Focus on historical concepts related to development of children in middle childhood and adolescence
    2. The changing view of middle childhood and adolescence in society and how that view impacts practice and policy
    3. Non-western cultures and alternative perspectives
    4. The characteristics of culture and the implications for learning and development in middle childhood and adolescence
    5. Nature versus nurture and continuity versus non-continuity
    6. Biological and environmental factors that influence children's development middle childhood -adolescence
  2. Evaluate and analyze the major theories and research which surround middle childhood development and adolescent development and recognize the implications on current practice in the field. (Lec)
    1. Major theorists whose work has contributed to our understanding of middle childhood and adolescence today
    2. Prevailing theories on child development and how these theories inform current theory and practice
      1. Social-political context of pre-existing theory and analysis of its relevance to children today
      2. Recognize the impacts of family dynamics, culture, ethnicity and socioeconomic status on the developing child.
  3. Apply developmental theory to child observations, surveys, and/or interviews using investigative research methodologies (Lec)
    1. Developing skills in naturalistic observation, interviews and surveys when working with children in middle childhood and adolescence
    2. Analysis of data and relevance of ethics, bias, confidentiality and validity of research
  4. Identify and describe major developmental milestones for children typical and atypical, from middle childhood through adolescence in the areas of physical, psychosocial, cognitive, and language development. (Lec)
    1. Basic aspects of physical, cognitive, social and emotional growth during middle childhood and understanding the interplay between these domains at this stage
    2. Basic aspects of physical, cognitive, social, emotional and language growth of the adolescent and understanding the interplay between these domains at this stage
    3. Identify risk factors, care and education for different developmental levels
    4. Gender roles; childhood and adolescent sexuality
    5. Bilingual development and theories of language learning and bilingualism
  5. Analyze and reflect on one's own behavior, personality and values through the study of middle childhood and adolescence.
    1. Links between early development, middle childhood development and adolescence
      1. Attachment
      2. Brain development
      3. Parenting
    2. Identification and assessment of impacts and influences to one's own development
    3. The influence of one's own development when working with middle age children and adolescents
    4. Recognize the role of caregiver when working with children
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Participation in class activities, class discussion, small group and partner work
  2. In class writing with guided self-reflections
  3. Child observation reports and summaries
  4. Adult interviews and summaries
  5. Reaction papers on special topics
  6. Exams
  7. Online discussions and responses
Representative Text(s) -
Berger, Kathleen.The Developing Person: Childhood Through Adolescence. 9th Edition, New York: Worth Publishers, 2011.
Marotz, Lynn R. and Allen, K. Eileen. Developmental Profiles: Pre-Birth Through Adolescence. 7th Edition, New York, Cengage Learning, 2012.
Santrock, John. Children.12th Edition, New York; McGraw-Hill, 2013.

Disciplines -
Child Development
 
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Cooperative learning exercises
  3. Oral presentations
  4. Electronic discussions/chat
  5. In class discussion
  6. Video viewing
  7. Online reading and response
 
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
 
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading and study of the text.
  2. Reading and written response to observations, test questions, assignments, relevant articles, online reading material and online discussions.
  3. Reaction writing assignments to guest speakers, video viewings, and experiences such as research projects and field trips.
  4. Research, planning and written evaluation of individual or group creative projects.