PSYC 221 - Child Psychology
3 Credit: (3 lecture, 0 lab, 0 clinical) 3 Contact Hours: [PSYC 120 ]
This course examines the field of child development and child psychology. Topics covered include research methodology, genetics, prenatal development, birth/neonatal development, growth, cognitive development, language development, intelligence, social/emotional development, gender, moral development, and the impact of peers, parents, and society upon development.
OFFERED: fall and spring semesters
Course Goals/ Objectives/ Competencies:
Goal 1: Demonstrate an understanding of the history and themes of the field, research methodology, prenatal/infant development, and gene/environment interactions.
- Identify themes of research within child development.
- Describe research methodologies within the field of child development.
- Articulate the differences between experimental and correlational findings.
- Recognize major milestones and developmental risks of prenatal development.
- Recognize processes and complications related to birth.
- Describe characteristics of and best practices for neonates and early infant development.
Goal 2: Demonstrate an understanding of early brain development, cognitive development, learning, and language development.
- Articulate the interactions between early experiences and infant brain development.
- Describe the perspectives of Piaget, information processing, core knowledge theories, and sociocultural theories as related to cognitive development.
- Recognize major motor development milestones.
- Explain how the processes of operant and classical conditioning influence behavior modification.
- Articulate normative patterns and components of language development.
Goal 3: Demonstrate an understanding of intelligence research and measurement, social development, factors related to child abuse and maltreatment, and peer relationships.
- Describe theories of intelligence, primary intelligence assessment methods, and factors that impact intelligence.
- Recognize components of Erikson’s and Bronfenbrenner’s theory of development.
- Explain the relationship between early social interactions and the development of social competence.
- Recognize different types of abuse and maltreatment.
- Articulate normative patterns of peer relationships and changes in those as children develop.
Goal 4: Demonstrate an understanding of emotional developmental processes, attachment, the development of self, and moral development.
- Describe how early interactions impact infant expression and regulation of emotion.
- Articulate methodological approaches to understanding infant temperament.
- Describe how infant traits interact with early environment to shape emotional development.
- Articulate how early adult interactions aid or hinder children’s ability to manage stress.
- Describe types of attachment, why those types develop, and long-term impact of attachment.
- Explain factors that influence the development of moral thought and prosocial behaviors.
Goal 5: Demonstrate and understanding of moral development, the impact of family factors upon development, and the influence of gender upon development.
- Explain factors that influence the development of aggressive and antisocial behaviors.
- Describe historical changes in family composition and the subsequent impact on child development.
- Describe the interactions between different aspects of the family system.
- Articulate issues related to child care and the impact of child care upon development.
- Recognize normative and non-normative gender development patterns.
- Articulate research findings related to gender differences and the impact of gender upon development.
Goal 6: Apply concepts related to child psychology to real life.
- Explain and apply factors related to the interaction between inborn traits and environment and how they shape individual development.
- Explain and apply factors related to attachment and early emotional development and how they shape long term relationship approaches in individuals.
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