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ASE 265: Child and Adolescent Development

Course Description

This course will focus on exploring the principles and theories of normal child growth and development from birth through adolescence, focusing on ages 5-15. The course will focus on the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive domains of development and their application to after school programs, well-known theories of development, developmental milestones, the internal and external influences of culture, family and the community on child and youth development, and the developmental assets children and youth need to succeed. (3 credits)

Recommended Prerequisite

  • ASE 255: Introduction to After School Care and Education

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss biological and environmental influences on growth and development, including current developments in brain research.
  2. Describe the history and theories of child development by education theorists such as: Dewey, Montessori, Erikson, Piaget and Vygotsky.

  3. Discuss the social, emotional, physical and cognitive domains of development for infants and children from birth through 5 years of age.

  4. Discuss the social, emotional, physical and cognitive domains of development for children and youth ages 6-18.
  5. Analyze the influence of culture, family, community and environment on child development.
  6. Identify the internal and external developmental assets that children and youth need to be successful.
  7. Assess and record children’s development.
  8. Apply child development principles as you provide an environment and experiences when working with children and youth that encourage growth in all developmental domains in terms of:
    • Human relationships and guiding children’s behavior
    • Indoor/outdoor environments
    • Curriculum Activities
    • Health and safety
  9. Discuss current issues and concerns affecting children’s development.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments
Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

40%

Reflection Papers (Weeks 2, 5 & 7)

30%

Midterm Portfolio (Week 4)

10%

Final Portfolio (Week 8)

20%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

(Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore)

  • Berk, Laura E. Infants, Children and Adolescents. 8th ed. Allyn and Bacon, Inc., 2016. ISBN-10: 0-13-393673-2 or ISBN-13: 978-0-13-403565-9 [Looseleaf version]

Supplemental Readings and Materials

  • Benson, Peter L., Galbraith, Judy, and Espeland, Pamela. What Kids Need to Succeed: Proven, Practical Ways to Raise Good Kids. Free Spirit Publishing, Inc., Minneapolis, MN. 1998
  • Shonkoff, Jack P. & Phillips, Deborah A., Editors; Committee on Integrating the Science of Early Childhood Development, Board on Children, Youth, and Families (2000). From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development. The National Academies Press, Washington, D. C.
    Can be read freely accessed at: http://www.nap.edu/books/0309069882/html
  • Mooney, Carol Garhart. Theories of Childhood: An Introduction to Dewey, Montessori, Erikson, Piaget & Vigotsky. 2nd edition. Redleaf Press, 2013. ISBN-10: 1-60554-138-9 or ISBN-13: 978-1-60554-138-9
  • Wood, Chip. Yardsticks: Children in the Classroom Ages 4-14. 3rd ed. Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc., 2007. ISBN-10: 1-892989-19-0 or ISBN-13: 978-1-892989-19-2

 

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,2,5,7,8

Theories of Child Development-Part 1 and Methods of Studying Children

Reading:
  • Infants, Children and Adolescents, Chapters 1 & 2
  • Erikson's Stages of Development (Available in Course Documents)

Exercises:

  • Discussion Board Questions
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture notes
  • Post answers to all Discussion Board questions.
  • Participate in the Discussions of others

2

1,2,5,7,8

Theories of Child Development - Part 2, Genetics, Prenatal Development and Birth

Reading:
  • Infants, Children and Adolescents, Chapters 3 & 4

Exercises:

  • Wiki assignment
  • Reflection Paper
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture notes
  • Participate on the Wiki
  • Submit Reflection Paper
3

1,3,5,7

Infants and Toddlers

Reading:
  • Infants, Children and Adolescents, Chapters 5, 6 & 7

Exercises:

  • Discussion Board Questions
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Post answers to all Discussion Board questions
  • Participate in the Discussions of others

4

1,3,5,7,8

Early Childhood

Reading:
  • Infants, Children & Adolescents Chapters 8, 9, & 10.

Exercises:

  • Discussion Board Questions
  • Midterm
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material.
  • Post answers to all Discussion Board questions.
  • Participate in the Discussions of others.
  • Submit Midterm

5

1,4,5,7,8

Middle Childhood

Reading:
  • Infants, Children and Adolescents, Chapters 11, 12 & 13
  • Encouraging Cross Gender Play by Barbara Colombo Adams(Found in Course Documents)

Exercises:

  • Discussion Board Questions
  • Reflection Paper
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Post answers to all Discussion Board questions
  • Participate in the Discussions of others
  • Submit Reflection Paper

6

1,4,5,7,8

Adolescence

Reading:
  • Infants, Children and Adolescents, Chapters 14,15 & 16
Exercises
  • Discussion Board Questions
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Post answers to all Discussion Board questions
  • Participate in the Discussions of others

7

1,2,5,6,8

Principals of Positive Youth Development, Internal and External Developmental Assets: What children and youth need to succeed.

Reading:
  • The Search Institute Developmental Assets can be found in Course Documents

Exercises:

  • Wiki assignment
  • Reflection Paper
  • Read assigned materials
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate on the Wiki
  • Submit Reflection Paper

8

1,5,8,9

Current Issues affecting children and youth development in the 21st Century: The effects of the media, technology, peer pressure, violence and current events.

Reading:
  • Infants, Children and Adolescents, pages 381-384, 409-414, 507-510, 533-553

Exercises:

  • Discussion Board Questions
  • Final Project
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Post answers to all Discussion Board questions
  • Submit Final Project
Final Project
SLOs (All)
Submit completed project including:
  • Table of Contents (order of contents may be different than order of assignments).
  • Three Reflection papers
  • Midterm project
  • Summary describing how the assignments are useful to you
  • Bibliography of references

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