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Welcome to Child Development
Instructor: Dr. Parkinson
Office: 229 AC Building
I. Overview of Course
This course is designed to provide you with a scan of theories and issues relating to child development. We will use three main perspectives 1) psychological 2) social 3) biological. We will also discover the interactive nature of these perspectives in accounting for learning, change, and growth in children. Being an introductory-level course, the material will cover considerable breadth across a number of areas, rather than depth in any one particular area.
The text for this course is Child Development by Laura Berk. It is assumed that everyone will purchase this text, since readings are required for many class meetings.
II. An Important Message
As the instructor for this class, I will take the responsibility of being prepared each day, and I will sincerely try to make the material interesting and challenging. However, it will be difficult for me to keep things stimulating if you come in continually unprepared, unmotivated, or unresponsive. I expect each of you to take the same responsibility as students that I have taken as the instructor--to be prepared for class, and to be interesting and challenging. I strongly believe that all of us should be interested in making this a good class. If you don't want to be bored, get involved!
If, at any time during the semester, you need help with any part of the course, please see me during office hours, or make an appointment for another time if my office hours aren't convenient for you. If you aren't doing as well as you would like to be, please don't wait until the last week of the semester to stop in. . .monitor your grades as the semester progresses, and see me if you need help as soon as the situation looks discouraging.
Exams: There will be four exams throughout the semester, including the final exam. Dates are listed in the Daily Schedule. These dates may change by one day in either direction (earlier or later). I will give you ample notice if this occurs.
Written Assignments: Throughout the semester, you will read two articles concerning issues related to child development, which I will have on reserve in the library. You will then answer questions about these articles which will be provided for you. Dates for these assignments are in the Daily Schedule. On the days which these assignments are due, I will accept them in class at the beginning of the class period. Do not tack them on to my door, or attempt to slide them under my door, or send them through campus mail, or have a friend hand them in for you. You must attend class and hand the assignments in on the day they are due in order to be eligible to receive full credit. The only exception to this is an excused absence from the Dean's Office. In that case, you must make arrangements with me prior to the assignment due date for alternate completion times.
If you do not hand in an assignment on the day it is due, you can hand it in during the next class meeting. You will, however, have points deducted from your grade.
Attendance: I will not "take attendance" in any legalistic sense. Officially, you are required to attend class on all exam days, and the days on which written assignments are due. However, considering the expense of tuition, and assuming that you are at Thiel to benefit from knowledge acquisition and new learning experiences, I think that minimal attendance is of minimal benefit, for you, me, and your fellow students. Don't enroll in this class if you don't intend to be here!
A lack of "legal" attendance policy is not meant to imply that you can cut class freely. You must monitor your own attendance - if you want to benefit from class and receive a good grade, you must attend on a regular basis.
Class Participation: Even though I will not take attendance, in a class this size I can get an accurate idea of each student's general pattern of attendance over time. The same is true for your level of class participation. A good level of participation will add points to your grade, which can be especially helpful if you are borderline between letter grades at the end of the semester. Consider these to be bonus points, easily available to everyone.
When you take the final exam, you will be asked to provide an honest evaluation of your efforts in relation to class participation.
|Jan 13-29||Ch. 1 (to bottom of page 7)
Ch. 2 (all)
|Ch. 3 (all)||Biological Origins and Prenatal Development|
|Ch. 10 (p. 397 "Temperament"
to bottom p. 404)
Ch. 4 (omit p. 134 "Learning Capacities" to p. 140 "Motor Development")
|No reading assignment||Language Development|
|Feb 1 or 3||EXAM I|
|Feb 5-Mar 10||Ch. 4 (p. 134 "Learning Capacities" to p. 140 "Motor Development")
Ch. 1 (p. 18 "Social Learning Theory" to p. 19 "Piaget")
|Behavioral Theories of Development|
|Ch. 1 (p. 14 "Mid 20th Century" to p. 16 "Behaviorism")||Psychodynamic Theories of
|Ch. 6 (omit p. 241 "Formal Operational Stage" to p. 244 "Larger Questions")||Cognitive Development|
|Ch. 8 (all)||Intelligence and Creativity|
|Mar 12 or 15||EXAM II|
|Mar 17-Apr 7||Ch. 10 (p. 405 "Development of Attachment" to p. 414 "Multiple Attachments")||Social Development in Infancy|
|Ch. 15 (to p. 590 "Peer Groups")
Ch. 14 (p. 553 "Family Lifestyles" to p. 559
|Social Development in Early and Middle Childhood|
|Ch. 13 (p. 508 "Gender Stereotyping" to end of chapter)
||Gender Role Socialization|
|Ch. 12 (omit p. 482 "Moral Reasoning to p. 489 "Other Side of Self Control")
Ch. 15 (p. 597 "Television" to bottom p. 604)
|Moral Development & Aggression|
|Apr 9||EXAM III|
|Apr 12-27||No reading assignment||Experiencing Parenthood|
|No reading assignment||Father-Child Relationships|
|No reading assignment||Parenting Styles|
|Ch. 14 (p. 565 "Maternal Employment" to p. 570 "Vulnerable Families")
||Working Mothers and Day Care|
|Ch. 14 (p. 559 "Divorce" to p. 565 "Maternal Employment")||Divorce|
|No reading assignment||Child Abuse|
|No reading assignment||Normative and Non-Normative Development|
|Apr 29 8:30 a.m.||EXAM IV|
|Written Assignment #1||Handout on Feb 12th||Due on Feb 19th|
|Written Assignment #2||Handout on Apr 16th||Due on Apr 23rd|