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Effective: Summer 2014
CHLD 50SCHOOL-AGE CHILD (5-12): BEHAVIOR & DEVELOPMENT3 Unit(s)

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
3 hours lecture. (36 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Examine the major principals of two theories in child development and ways that they can be implemented in the classroom.
  • Determine several strategies to enhance children's self-esteem.
  • Demonstrate understanding of how to teach conflict resolution skills to children.
Description -
Introduction to human growth and development from ages five to twelve, covering physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the child. Analysis of current issues facing school-age children in contemporary society. Intended for those who work or desire to work with school-age children in after school programs, elementary schools (teachers and aides) and home setting (parents and caregivers).

Course Objectives -
Student will be able to:
  1. Identify the milestones in physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the five to twelve year old.
  2. Apply the research on temperament.
  3. Describe the diversity of family structures.
  4. Assess the growing need for school-age child care.
  5. Describe and discuss how children develop physically in middle childhood.
  6. Identify children with special needs.
  7. Describe and examine cognitive development in middle childhood.
  8. Examine the social and emotional development in middle childhood.
  9. Identify cultural differences in children and the impact of cultural diversity in the classroom.
  10. Evaluate self-discipline and conflict resolution skills.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
None

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Identify the milestones in physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the five to twelve year old.
  2. Apply the research on temperament models: Chess/Thomas and Rothbart
    1. Genetic and environmental influences on temperament
    2. Temperament and culture
    3. Temperament and child rearing: the goodness of fit model
    4. Strategies to work with children with different temperamental traits
  3. Describe the diversity of family structures.
    1. Different types of families
    2. Effect of home environment on children
    3. Cultural variations in parenting styles
    4. Communicating effectively with parents
  4. Assess the growing need for school-age child care.
    1. Elements of an effective before and after-school program
    2. Characteristics of professionals who work effectively with children
  5. Describe and discuss how children develop physically in middle childhood.
    1. World wide variations in body size
    2. Brain development
    3. Obesity and causes of obesity
    4. Gross and fine motor development
    5. Individual differences in motor skills
    6. Ways that professionals can help children with their motor skills
    7. Values of play
    8. Adult-organized sports
  6. Identify children with special needs.
    1. Sensory disorders
    2. Physical disorders
    3. Speech disorders
    4. Learning disabilities
    5. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
    6. Autism
  7. Describe and examine cognitive development in middle childhood.
    1. Nature versus nurture
    2. Piaget's Cognitive-Developmental Theory
    3. Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences
    4. Sternberg's Triarchic Theory of Intelligence
    5. Vygotsky's Sociocultural Theory
    6. Behaviorist Learning Theories: Classical conditioning, Operant Conditioning and Social Learning Theory
    7. Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems Theory
    8. Implications for child care professionals
    9. Language
    10. Bilingualism
  8. Examine the social and emotional development in middle childhood.
    1. Cognitive, social and cultural influences on self-concept
    2. Fostering children's self-esteem
    3. Peer groups and friendships
    4. Development of perspective taking
    5. Bullying
    6. Erikson's Theory of Psychosocial Development
    7. Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Development
    8. Gilligan's Care Perspective
    9. Implications for child care professionals
  9. Identify cultural differences in children and the impact of cultural diversity in the classroom.
    1. Cultural pluralism and school-age care and education
    2. The interplay of different types of diversity and culture
    3. Individualism and collectivism
  10. Evaluate self-discipline and conflict resolution skills.
    1. Guidance toward self-discipline
    2. Communication skills
    3. Conflict management strategies
    4. The steps of problem solving
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Homework assignments
  2. Written reflections
  3. Two observations
  4. Group projects
  5. Book reflection
  6. Oral presentation
  7. Final project
Representative Text(s) -
Click, Phyllis & J.Parker. Caring for School-Age Children, New York: Delmar Learning, 2009.

Disciplines -
Child Development
 
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Field work, Oral presentations, Demonstration, Field trips.
 
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 test questions, assignments and relevant articles and online reading material.
  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.