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)
- ASE 255: Introduction to After School Care and Education
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify biological and environmental influences on growth and development, including current developments in brain research.
- Understand the history and theories of child development by education theorists such as: Dewey, Montessori, Erikson, Piaget and Vygotsky.
- Understand the social, emotional, physical and cognitive domains of development for infants and children from birth through 5 years of age.
- Understand the social, emotional, physical and cognitive domains of development for children and youth ages 6-18.
- Analyze the influence of culture, family, community and environment on child development.
- Identify the internal and external developmental assets that children and youth need to be successful.
- Understand the techniques of observation to effectively assess and record children’s development.
- Use knowledge of childhood development to 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
- Discuss current issues and concerns affecting children’s development.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-8)
Reflection Papers (Weeks 2, 5 & 7)
Midterm Portfolio (Week 4)
Final Portfolio (Week 8)
(Available through our 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 [Loose leaf edition]
- 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
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
- Elkind, David. Reinventing Childhood: Raising and Educating Children in a Changing World. Modern Learning Press, Inc., Rosemont, NJ. 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
Current articles from:
- Learning Points Associates - North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL)
- National AfterSchool Association (NAA)
- National Institute on Out of School Time (NIOST)
- Parent's Magazine
- Young Children, the NAEYC journal
- Youth Today
- Other current pertinent/relevant newspaper, magazine, and web site articles.
Readings and Exercises
|Theories of Child Development-Part 1 and Methods of Studying Children|
|Theories of Child Development - Part 2, Genetics, Prenatal Development and Birth|
|Infants and Toddlers |
|Early Childhood |
SLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8
Compile your Reflection paper and the two Professional Resource File assignments, into one document. Create a table of contents, and properly cite all references.
|Middle Childhood |
|Principals of Positive Youth Development, Internal and External Developmental Assets: What children and youth need to succeed.|
|Current Issues affecting children and youth development in the 21st Century: The effects of the media, technology, peer pressure, violence and current events.|
Submit completed portfolio including:
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