A critical, social context approach to the development of infants and children, focusing on sociocultural processes and on the social construction of childhood.
Have children? Work with children? Planning to work with children? Are just plain
amazed by children and what they say and do?
Learn about how children develop from before they're born up to around age 11, what "makes them tick", how to communicate with them and how to understand their communications to you. You will design a child-oriented product as part of this paper to apply what you've learned.
|Paper title||Child Development|
|Teaching period||Semester 1 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$955.05|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- One 200-level EDUC or PSYC paper
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- Having taken an introductory human development and/or human learning paper will be helpful, as we build on what was covered in those papers.
- Teaching staff
Paper Coordinator: Dr Jane Carroll
Arnett, J., Maynard, A., Brownlow, C., & Chapin, L. (2020). Child Development: A Cultural Approach (1st ed.). Pearson.
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- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking,
Cultural understanding, Ethics, Self-motivation.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:
- Understand physiological, cognitive, emotional, social, intellectual and personality development within each age level from conception through pre-adolescence
- Evaluate the importance of hereditary and environmental influences on child development
- Understand the process of growth as a continuous, individual, highly complex process
- Understand the various theories in the field of child development
- Understand the problem of developmental disabilities in the context of normal development
- Connect the theoretical concepts discussed to practical applications in working with children and in parenting