ASE 265: Child and Adolescent Development

Course Description

This course explores the principles and theories of normal child growth and development from birth through adolescence. The course will focus on the physical, social, emotional and cognitive domains of development and their application.  Topics include 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. Identify biological and environmental influences on growth and development, including current developments in brain research.
  2. Discuss the history and theories of child development.
  3. Describe the social, emotional, physical and cognitive domains of development for infants and children from birth through 5 years of age.
  4. Describe the social, emotional, physical and cognitive domains of development for children and youth ages 6-18.
  5. Analyze the influence of culture, family, community on child development.
  6. Identify the internal and external developmental assets that children and youth need to be successful.
  7. Use knowledge of childhood development to provide an environment and experiences that encourage growth in the developmental domains.

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 1,2,3,4,6 & 8)

25%

Reflection papers (Week 3 (blog post), 5 & 7)

30%

Midterm Project  (Week 4)

15%

Wiki posts (Weeks 5 and 7)

10%

Final Portfolio (Week 8)

20%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

  • This course uses Open Educational Resources (OER). OER are openly licensed, educational resources that can be used for teaching, learning and research. OER may consist of a variety of resources such as textbooks, videos and software that are no cost for students.

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

2

Topic: Theories of Child Development

Reading:
  • Instructor’s Lecture
  • Child Growth and Development, Chapter 1
  • Erikson's Stages of Development (Available in Course Documents)

Exercises:

  • Discussion Board Questions
  • Read assigned chapter in textbook
  • Review the Lecture
  • Participate in the Discussions

2

1

Topics: Genetics, Prenatal Development, Birth; Brain Development

Reading:
  •  Instructor’s Lecture

  • Child Growth and Development, Chapters 2-4
  • View Video

Exercises:

  • Interview
  • Discussion Board Questions
  • Read assigned material and view videos.
  • Review the Lecture
  • Participate in Discussions
3

2,3,5,7

Topic: The Early Years - Birth - Age 5  

Reading:
  • Instructor’s Lecture
  • Child Growth and Development, Chapters 5-9

Exercises:

  • Discussion Board Question
  • Reflection paper
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture
  • Participate in Discussion
  • Post Reflection to blog

4

4,5,7

Topic: Middle Childhood

Reading:
  • Instructor’s Lecture
  • Child Growth and Development, Chapters 10-12

Exercises:

  • Discussion Board Question
  • Midterm Project
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture
  • Participate in Discussion
  •  Submit Midterm Project

5

7

Topics: Social and Emotional Learning

Reading:
  • Instructor’s Lecture
  • Articles about Social and Emotional Learning

Exercises:

  • Wiki assignment
  • Reflection paper
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the Lecture
  • Participate on Wiki
  • Write Reflection paper

6

4,5,7

Topic: Adolescence

Reading:
  • Instructor’s Lecture
  • Child Growth and Development, Chapters 13-15
Exercises
  • Discussion Board Questions
  • Read assigned chapters.
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Participate in the discussions

7

5,6,7

Topic: Principals of Positive Youth Development

Reading:
  • Instructor’s Lecture
  • Articles on Positive Youth Development

Exercises:

  • Wiki assignment
  • Reflection Paper
  • Read assigned materials.
  • Review the Lecture material.
  • Participate on the Wiki
  • Write Reflection paper

8

1,5

Topic: Resilience

Reading:
  • Instructor’s Lecture Notes
  • Articles on Resilience

Exercises:

  • Discussion Board Questions
  • Final Project
  • Read assigned materials.
  • Review the Lecture
  • Participate in Discussion
  • Submit Final Project
Final Project
SLOs (All)
  • Final Project Includes:

    • 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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