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Effective: Summer 2011
CHLD 50AINFANT/TODDLER 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 -
  • Identify the principles of relationship based learning with infants and toddlers.
  • Compare developmental pathways of young infants, mobile infants, and toddlers.
  • Recognize the differences between independent and interdependent cultural patterns.
Description -
Human growth and development from birth to three years within the context of the young child's family, culture and community. Examination of developmental theory within the three distinct ages of infancy. Integration of physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional domains emphasizing the importance of relationships.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Describe concepts and the importance of attachments between infants and caregivers.
  2. Identify aspects of infant sensory perception and the impact on development.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of sequences in infant/toddler motor development.
  4. Identify and discuss cognitive development and learning.
  5. Analyze interactions of reciprocal communication and progression of language development.
  6. Examine components of infant emotional development.
  7. Investigate aspects of infant/toddler sociocultural development.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
None

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Describe concepts and the importance of attachments between infants and caregivers.
    1. Review primary theories of attachment
    2. Describe stages of attachment development
    3. Examine attachment and the influence on early brain development
    4. Discuss cultural variations of attachment
  2. Identify aspects of infant sensory perception and the impact on development.
    1. Define concepts of sensory stimuli and integration
    2. Recognize infant behaviors that demonstrate development of perception
    3. Discuss family and cultural variations of sensory stimuli and perception
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of sequences in infant/toddler motor development.
    1. Discuss functions of infant reflexes
    2. Recognize gross motor skills and progression of development and mobility
    3. Recognize fine motor skills and progression of development and manipulation
    4. Identify the impact of parent/caregiver interactions and environment on motor skill development
  4. Identify and discuss cognitive development and learning.
    1. Review theories of cognitive development as presented by Piaget and Vygotsky
    2. Examine the "discoveries" in infancy including learning schemes, cause and effect, use of tools, understanding space, and imitation
    3. Discuss early brain development research and connections to cognitive development
    4. Recognize concepts related to pre-academic school readiness and literacy in context of infant cognitive development
  5. Analyze interactions of reciprocal communication and progression of language development.
    1. Discuss various theories of language acquisition and development
    2. Identify communicative intent, non-verbal and verbal expression
    3. Examine the importance of cognitive development on receptive language behaviors
    4. Recognize the impact of parent/caregiver communication practices on infant language development
    5. Examine differing cultural patterns and practices including bilingualism
  6. Describe components of infant emotional development.
    1. Compare and contrast the concepts of emotional understanding, expression and regulation/coping
    2. Discuss theories of emotion and personality as presented by Maslow
    3. Identify characteristics of temperament in context of the goodness-of-fit model for both infants and adults
    4. Recognize the impact of emotional development on infant's sense of self-identity formation
    5. Examine the infant's developing sense of resiliency and self-calming strategies
  7. Investigate aspects of infant/toddler sociocultural development.
    1. Recognize Erickson's stages of psychosocial development
    2. Identify importance of family roles and relationships on infant social development
    3. Describe impact of guidance and discipline techniques on infant's social development
    4. Examine parent/caregiver role in promoting healthy brain growth and social development
    5. Recognize behaviors that demonstrate development of social skills
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Quizzes and/or Midterm
  2. Course project
  3. Classroom participation/in-class writing assignments
  4. Final examination
Representative Text(s) -
Gonzalez-Mena, Janet and Dianne Widmeyer Eyer. Infants, Toddlers, and Caregivers. 7th ed. New York: McGraw Hill, 2007.

Disciplines -
Child Development
 
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, 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, videos, and experiences such as research projects and field trips.
  4. Researching,planning and written evaluation of individual or group projects.