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Revision Date: 16-Aug-19

PSY-2010-VO02 - Child Development


Synonym: 185305
Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2019 to 12-16-2019
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-23-2019 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2019 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Robert Mandatta | View Faculty Credentials
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Human Behavior
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  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description:

In this course, students will explore child development from conception through preadolescence. The course emphasizes physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral, and communication development of the child. Topics include developmental theories, research, applications, and assessment tools.

Essential Objectives:

1. Discuss theories and research on child development from conception to preadolescence.
2. Describe and recognize the physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral, and communication milestones of children from the pre-natal period through preadolescence.
3. Identify and use tools for developmental screening and assessment, including those relevant to temperament, learning style, and all developmental domains.
4. Understand the multiple influences on early development, including biological, genetic, environmental, cultural, familial, and adverse childhood experiences.
5. Describe physically and emotionally safe, healthy, and supportive environments for children from birth through preadolescence.
6. Demonstrate proficiency in understanding the scientific method and in interpreting and evaluating statistical and other quantitative data as it is applied to human behavior.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

Child Development is one of my favorite courses to teach for the simple reason that I love children. With eight of my own (now grown), it's the most fascinating subject I know. I also love to teach it because the topic is so relevant to students' lives. In a unique way each of you is an expert when it comes to your own development as a child. Plus many of you have children in your lives on a regular basis. Then there's the fact that Vermont offers an extensive network of support services for children and families, which some of you have experienced firsthand as service providers or consumers or both. Thus you bring a solid background to the course and are well equipped to learn more as you share what you already know.

In fact much of the learning will stem directly from you and your student colleagues. I follow a "teaching model" that is based upon the old adage, "The best way to learn something is to teach it." So each week you'll be asked to teach us what you have learned about the assigned topic, using a variety of approaches that include applying developmental theory to a case study and your own experience. Although you may find this challenging at first, soon you will become quite expert at it. Then the fun starts as you experiment with various learning styles and strategies.

No matter where you start the course in terms of skill level, by the end you will have improved your knowledge of child development and sharpened your academic and professional skills.

IMPORTANT NOTE ON OUR BOOKS: We'll be using a classic young adult novel as our primary case study, which is required reading:

REQUIRED CASE STUDY NOVEL: Voigt, C. (2012). Homecoming. New York: Atheneum. (ISBN-13: 9781442428782)

We will not be using a textbook for this course. Instead, we'll rely on a variety of free online sources, including chapters from e-books or scholarly journal articles, instructional videos and lectures, podcasts, and other forms of relevant media.

COURSE SCHEDULE: This course runs from Tuesday, September 3, through Monday, December 16. Make sure to put a note on your calendar about the exams: Weeks 6 - 8 for both parts of the midterm exam (October 8 - 23) and Weeks 14 - 15 for both parts of the final Exam (December 3 - 16).

No prior online course experience required, just a willingness to learn and the self-discipline to stay focused for this rich immersion into the fascinating world of child development.

Welcome to Child Development!

Robert

Methods:

1. Readings in our case study novel and other online text or multimedia sources.


2. Weekly participation at the discussion forum that includes:

-- Hosting your own thread by posting an intial refleciton and a final report (over 500 words with correct APA references) that address the assigned topic for the week, and then replying to any comments and questions about your work.

-- Reading every post submitted on time and relying with direct quotes from, comments on, and questions for at least three different posts.

3. Completion of the Midterm Exam, which consists of two parts:

-- Week Six: Posting a midterm report (over 750 words with APA references) and participating in the discussion;

-- Weeks Seven and Eight: Participation in a group midterm activity, which concludes with individual presentations that include media for a full-class discussion.

4. Completion of the Final Exam, which consists of two parts:


-- Week Fourteen: During the second half of the term you will be working on a Vermont-based field research project of your choice, which you will summarize in a final presentation (over 750 words with at least six references and embedded media).

--Week Fifteen: A self-assessment of your learning in this course and/or a fictional account of your future career as a psychologist.

Textbooks:

Fall 2019 textbook data will be available on May 13. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

PSY-2010-VO02 Textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Robert Mandatta
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Jeremy Vaughn

Attendance Policy:

Due to the interactive nature of online learning, your work must be posted to count, and you cannot make up missed work after the week has ended. You must post at least once during the 24/7 class week to be marked Present.I offer one Free Week of five points for any non-exam forum in case of a conflict (such as a personal or family emergency).

If you encounter technical problems with your computer or server--which happens to all of us periodically--please post from your nearest CCV academic center or from a public access terminalat your local public library, for example.

If you suspect you will not be able to post at all, please let me know right away.

Please note that attendance is not the same as participation, and 100% of your final grade is earned by participating in the class meetings held at our weekly forums (see "Methods" above).If you miss three or more weeks, you cannot earn academic credit for the course, although you are welcome to participate for learning's sake.

Syllabus:

Weekly Assignments, Fall 2019

This concise list of assignments is subject to change without notice, depending upon our needs and progress. So before starting your work each week, carefully read the new week's Announcement and the Discussion Forum instructions posted for the week. Taken together, these will provide the information you need to successfully complete the week's work.

Week One, September 3 - 9: Why Study Child Development? Read chapters 1-3 of Homecoming. Also read, listen to, or view the online sources provided at our forum. At the Discussion, host your own thread and reply to any comments and questions about your work. Post comments and ask questions for at least three of your colleagues' posts. Essential Objectives: 3. Identify and use tools for developmental screening and assessment, including those relevant to temperament, learning style, and all developmental domains, and 4. Understand the multiple influences on early development, including biological, genetic, environmental, cultural, familial, and adverse childhood experiences.

Week Two, September 10 - 16: Moral Development: What's Normal? Read chapters 4-6 of Homecoming. Also read, listen to, or view the online sources provided at our forum. At the Discussion, host your own thread and reply to anycomments and questions about your work. Post comments and ask questions for at least three of your colleagues' posts. Essential Objective: 5. Describe physically and emotionally safe, healthy, and supportive environments for children from birth through preadolescence.

Week Three, September 17 - 23: Self and Others. Read chapters 7-9 of Homecoming. Also read, listen to, or view the online sources provided at our forum. At the Discussion forum, host your own thread and reply to any comments and questions about your work. Quote from, comment on, and ask questions for at least three of your colleagues' posts. Essential Objective: 5. Describe physically and emotionally safe, healthy, and supportive environments for children from birth through preadolescence.

Week Four, September 24 - 30: Screening, Assessment and The Whole Child. Read chapters 10-12 of Homecoming. At the Discussion forum, host your own thread and reply to any comments and questions about your work. Quote from, comment on, and ask questions for at least three of your colleagues' posts. Create your first mixed media presentation concerning Essential Objective: 3. Identify and use tools for developmental screening and assessment, including those relevant to temperament, learning style, and all developmental domains.

Week Five,October 1 - 7: Cognitive and Language Development. Read, listen to, or view the online sources provided at our forum. Find and describe an example of popular entertainment that focused on children to use as a case study. At the Discussion, host your own thread and reply to anycomments and questions about your work. Post comments and ask questions for at least three of your colleagues' posts. Essential Objective: 2. Describe and recognize the physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral, and communication milestones of children from the pre-natal period through preadolescence.

Week Six, October 8 - 14: Midterm Exam, Part 1: Gender, Race, and Class in Childhood. Read, listen to, or view the online sources provided and/or find and include your own media. At the Discussion, host your own thread and reply to anycomments and questions about your midterm exam report. Post comments and ask questions for at least three of your colleagues' posts. Essential Objective: 2. Describe and recognize the physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral, and communication milestones of children from the pre-natal period through preadolescence.

Weeks Seven and Eight, October 15 - 23: Midterm Exam, Part 2: Who Leads for Vermont Children? Work in your small groups to prepare your nomination for a Vermont Leadership Award, and then post your presentation with embedded media for the entire class with a Q&A session to follow. Essential Objective: 5. Describe physically and emotionally safe, healthy, and supportive environments for children from birth through preadolescence. (NOTE: October 24 – 28 = course midterm break.)

Week Nine, October 29 - November 4: Research Methods & Your Field Research Project. Read, listen to, or view the other online sources provided at our forum. Post about your field research project and also host your own thread where you'll reply to any comments and questions about your work. Also comment and ask questions for at least three of your colleagues' posts. Essential Objective: 6. Demonstrate proficiency in understanding the scientific method and in interpreting and evaluating statistical and other quantitative data as it is applied to human behavior.

Week Ten, November 5 - 11: Play and Children’s Development. Read chapters 1-4 of Part 2 of Homecoming. Also read, listen to, or view the online sources provided at our forum. Post about your field research project and also host your own thread where you'll reply to any comments and questions about your work. Also comment and ask questions for at least three of your colleagues' posts. Essential Objective: 5. Describe physically and emotionally safe, healthy, and supportive environments for children from birth through preadolescence.

Week Eleven, November 12 - 18: Perceptual and Motor Development. Read chapters 5-8 of Part 2 of Homecoming. Also read, listen to, or view the online sources provided at our forum. Post about your field research project and also host your own thread where you'll reply to any comments and questions about your work. Also comment and ask questions for at least three of your colleagues' posts. Essential Objective: 2. Describe and recognize the physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral, and communication milestones of children from the pre-natal period through preadolescence.

Week Twelve, November 19 - 25: Family Relationships from Conception to Death. Read chapters 9-12 of Part 2 (the end) of Homecoming. Also read, listen to, or view the online sources provided at our forum. Post about your field research project and also host your own thread where you'll reply to any comments and questions about your work. Also comment and ask questions for at least three of your colleagues' posts. Essential Objective: 5. Describe physically and emotionally safe, healthy, and supportive environments for children from birth through preadolescence.

Week Thirteen, November 26 - December 2: Heredity, Prenatal Development, and Birth. Read, listen to, or view the online sources provided at our forum. Post about your field research project and also host your own thread where you'll reply to any comments and questions about your work. Also comment and ask questions for at least three of your colleagues' posts. Essential Objectives: 2. Describe and recognize the physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral, and communication milestones of children from the pre-natal period through preadolescence, and 4. Understand the multiple influences on early development, including biological, genetic, environmental, cultural, familial, and adverse childhood experiences.

Week Fourteen, December 3 - 9: Final Exam, Part 1: Children's Development in Vermont. Post your field research project presentation, and then raise and reply to questions at the final exam forum. Essential Objective: 1. Discuss theories and research on child development from conception to preadolescence.

Week Fifteen, December 10 – 16: Final Exam, Part 2: First-Person Child Psychology. Post your choice of either a self-assessment of learning in this course or a fictional account of your future career as a child psychologist, and then raise and reply to questions at the final exam forum. Course Description: In this course, students will explore child development from conception through preadolescence. The course emphasizes physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral, and communication development of the child. Topics include developmental theories, research, applications, and assessment tools.

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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