ED-711 : Child/Youth DevelopmentLearning Theory for K-12

Academic Level:
Graduate
Department:
Education
Subject:
Education
Prerequisites:
None
Corequisites:
None
Credits:
3
This course provides an in-depth investigation of child and adolescent development during the school-age years (K-12). Particular emphasis is given to the observation and study of a child/adolescent within this age group. Students will observe, interview, and assess development in the physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and moral domains. Class discussion will focus on each student's findings as related to child and adolescent development theories and information gathered by other students about children in the same age range. A major focus will be the child/adolescent in the context of society: family influences, peer influences, societal influences, religious influences, and cultural influences, and the implications for best practice in school and community settings. The relationship between child and adolescent development and student's school performance will be examined, with emphasis on appropriate teaching practices at various ages during the period. Instructional strategies will include mini-lectures, class discussions, small group projects, first hand observation, and written assignments based on class material and other research. 3 credits