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Course Description

An examination of the developing child in a societal context focusing on the interrelationship of family, school and community and emphasizing historical and socio-cultural factors. Discussing patterns of development, childrearing, and the value of education in contemporary American society. Highlights the processes of socialization and identity development, showing the importance of respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families and respond to all children's developmental needs. (C-ID: CDEV 110) ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260.

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze theories of socialization that address the interrelationship of child, family, and community.
  • Critically assess how educational, political, psychological, and socioeconomic factors, directly impact the lives of children and families.
  • Synthesize and analyze research regarding social issues, changes and transitions that affect children, families, schools and communities.
  • Critique strategies that support and empower families through respectful, reciprocal relationships to involve all families in their children’s development and learning.
  • Evaluate the multiple impacts on young children's social identity as they develop within a system and are influenced by numerous agents of socialization.
  • Identify and critically assess community support services, agencies, and other resources that are available to children and families.
  • Analyze one’s own values, goals, and sense of self as related to family history and life experiences, assessing how this impacts relationships with children and families.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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