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Course Description

This course examines typical and atypical development within the psychosocial, cognitive, and physical domains from conception through the preschool years. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to evaluate theories and research of child development and effectively apply and communicate their understanding through observation and evaluation. This course is also listed as CD 2. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 1A; transfer student consult with advisor.

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze major developmental milestones for children from conception through age six in the areas of physical, psychosocial, cognitive, and language development using standard research methodologies.
  • Analyze how cultural, economic, political, historical contexts affect children's development within the first five years.
  • Compare and contrast various theoretical frameworks that relate to the study of human development.
  • Apply developmental theory to the analysis of child observations, surveys, and/or interviews using valid and ethical investigative research methodologies.
  • Differentiate characteristics of typical and atypical development at various stages.
  • Analyze the importance of the early years, the interaction between maturational processes and social/environmental factors, and the effects on various areas of development.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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