Education | Child Development
P515 | 5993 | Dr. Anne Stright

Required Readings:

1.  Flavell, J., Miller, P., & Miller, S. (2002). Cognitive
development, 4th edition. Englewood, NJ: Prentice Hall.

2. Davies, D. (1999). Child development: A practitioner's guide. NY:

3. Readings to be passed out in class

Course Objectives:

1.  Develop an understanding of the major theories and research in
child development

2.  Develop critical analysis skills

3.  Develop oral and written communication skills

4. Apply research in child development to your profession

1. Short answer exam - worth 40% of your grade
The exam will focus on the major themes of the course. I will make it
clear to you as we go through the course what questions I am likely to
ask on the exam. I will not test you on minor points, instead I will
emphasize the major concepts of child development.

2. 3 class discussion papers (see instructions on additional handout)
Each 2-page paper is 5% of your grade.

3. 8-page paper (see instructions on additional handout) 35% of your

4. 15-minute presentation on your paper 10% of your grade

Class Schedule and Readings

A * indicates that the reading in on electronic reserve. The internet
address for the readings is:
The password to access the readings at the internet site is: child


September 3  Introduction
Sept. 5	Introduction
Flavell Chapter 1 & pp. 339-351
Sept. 7	Prenatal and Infancy
Cognitive Development
Sept. 10  Infancy		
Flavell Chapter 2 (skip pp. 50-54), Chapter 3, & pp. 236 -240 (on
infant memory)

Sept. 12  Early Childhood Cognitive Development
Flavell Chapter 4
Davies pp. 240-251

Sept. 17  Early Childhood Cognitive Development
Flavell pp. 139 -144

Sept. 19  Early Childhood Education
*Vandell, D. L., Pierce, K., & Stright, A. D. (1997). Child care. In
G. C. Bear, K. M. Minke, & A. Thomas (Eds.), Children's needs II:
Development, problems, and alternatives. Bethesda, MD: NASP.

Class discussion on what is appropriate education for 2 to 5 year olds	
Sept. 24  Early Childhood Cognitive Development and Television
Critique of Teletubbies Paper due at the beginning of class
Class Discussion on the developmental appropriateness of the show for
2- and 3-year-olds

Sept. 26  Middle and Late Childhood Cognitive Development
Flavell, Chapter 5 (pp. 144 - 176)
Davies - Chapter 10 (pp. 316-321)

Sept. 28  Middle and Late Childhood Cognitive Development
Class discussion on the following article:
*Stigler, J. W., & Stevenson, H. W. (1992). How Asian teachers polish
each lesson to perfection. From Stevenson, H. S., & Stigler, J. S.,
The learning gap: Why our schools are failing and what we can learn
from Japanese and Chinese education. New York: Summit.

Oct. 1  Cognitive Development, Intelligence, and IQ tests
Demonstration of an intelligence test

Class discussion on intelligence tests and their uses

Oct. 3  Motivation and Achievement
Class discussion of the following article:
*Dweck, C. S. (1999). Caution: Praise can be dangerous. American

Oct. 8  Implications for Education
Critique of Elementary School Lesson Paper 2 due at the beginning of
Class Discussion on the Mammals lesson


Oct. 10	Language
Flavell pp. 50-54 (Perception of Speech)
Flavell Chapter 8

Oct. 15	Language
Flavell Chapter 8

Oct. 17  Language
Flavell Chapter 8
Socioemotional Development
Oct. 22	Infant Temperament & Attachment
Davies - Introduction, Chapter 1, Chapter 6 (pp. 172-176), Chapter 8
(pp. 229-232)

Oct. 24	Attachment
*Shore, R. (1997). What have we learned? From Rethinking the brain:
New insights into early development. NY: Families and Work Institute.
*Shaffer, D. R. (2000). Early social and emotional development
(Chapter 4 & 5) from Social and personality development Belmont, CA:
Oct. 29	Attachment

Oct. 31	Predicting Children's Socioemotional Development (Resilience
and Risk)
Davies - Chapter 2 & 3	

Nov. 5  Paper 3 (Critique of 2 Research Articles) is due at beginning
of class
Class Discussion of the Articles

Nov. 7  Children's Self-Regulation
Davies - Infants pp. 117-129, 133-137, Toddlers pp. 181-202,
Preschoolers pp. 251-264, Chapter 9, Children pp. 320-334	
Nov. 12	Family and Peers
Davies Chapter 5 and 7
*Demo, D. H., & Cox, M. J. (2000). Families with young children: A
review of research in the 1990's. Journal of Marriage and the Family,
62, 876 - 895.
*Rubin, K. H., Bukowski, W., & Parker, J. G. (1998). Peer
interactions, relationships and groups. In W. Damon (Series Ed.) & N.
Eisenberg (Vol. Ed.), Handbook of child psychology: Vol. 3. Social,
emotional, and personality development (5th ed., pp. 619 - 700). New
York: Wiley.

Nov. 14	Family and Peers
Nov. 19	Family and Peer Influences on Aggression
*Patterson, G. R., DeBaryshe, B. D., & Ramsey, E. (1989). A
developmental perspective on antisocial behavior. American
Psychologist, 44, 329-335.

Nov. 21	Development and Media Violence
*Bushman, B. J., & Anderson, C. A. (2001). Media violence and the
American Public. American Psychologist, 56, 477 - 489.

*Anderson, C. A., & Bushman, B. J. (2001). Effects of violent video
games on aggressive behavior, aggressive cognition, aggressive affect,
psysiological arousal, and prosocial behavior: A meta-analytic review
of the scientific literature. Psychological Science, 12, 353 - 359.
Nov. 26	NO CLASS



Dec. 5  Presentations

Dec. 10	Presentations

Dec. 12	Presentations