Education | Child Growth and Development: Ages 3-8
P351 | 5890 | Dr. Joyce Alexander
This course is focused on the various changes that take place in
children during the early childhood years (e.g., physical-motor,
language, cognitive, social). Aspects of development that are common
to all children as well as individual differences in development will
This course has 4 specific learning objectives. By the end of the
course, students are expected to have gained:
1. Knowledge of the sequences of development between the ages of 3
and 8 years and the dynamic, joint contribution of processes that
2. A sense of the interdependency of all domains of development-
physical, cognitive, emotional, and social.
3. An appreciation of the interrelatedness of theory, research, and
4. A basic level of proficiency in the observation, description, and
interpretation of the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social
behavior of young children.
Berk, L. E. (2003). Child Development (6th Edition). Boston: Allyn &
In order to accomplish the objectives, this course will be structured
around a discussion, or information sharing, format. Discussions and
short lectures will be supplemented by films, group problem-solving,
and a variety of other class activities. To support this type of
format, it is important to have knowledgeable and contributing
participants. You are responsible for reading the assigned chapters
of the text prior to the date this information is to be discussed in
class. Discussions and activities will be based on the assumption
that you have prepared.
All policies and regulations (e.g. regarding academic honesty) as
stated in the Graduate Bulletin apply in this course. If you are
unfamiliar with these policies and regulations, then you are required
to make yourself familiar with them immediately.
I do not give incompletes except for extreme medical emergencies.
Week/Date/Topic Readings/Due Dates
1 Sept. 2 Cognitive Development pp. 255-267 Class Activities
3 Sept. 16 Cognitive Development pp. 274-309 Class Activities
5 Sept. 30 Motivation Chap. 12 Ormrod Class Activities
7 Oct. 14 Self and Social Understanding pp. 447-473 Class Activities
9 Oct. 28 Moral Development pp. 474-515 Class Activities
11 Nov. 11 Peers, Siblings, & Friendships pp. 596-618 Class Activities
13 Nov. 25 Media & Schooling pp. 619-640 Class Activities
Developmental Case Study
15 Dec. 9 Family Involvement in the School pp. 513-522 Meece Class
1. Daily class activities (i.e. “Panel-of-Experts” activities,
problem-based learning cases, group application exercises, etc.).
Daily class activities will be designed to facilitate the processing,
integration, and application of course material and therefore, are
considered an important component of this course. Keep in mind that
one absence is the equivalent of missing two weeks of the semester.
Missing class will result in missing Class Activities. These
activities cannot be made-up.
2. Developmental Profiles: Due November 25. Specific details about
this paper are in the attached handout. For this paper, there will be
a 10% reduction in grade for every two days late.
Class Activities 25
Developmental Case Study 75
Grades will be assigned based on percentage of points accumulated.
For example, 80-83% of points will be a B-; 84-86% of points will be
a B; 87-89% of points will be a B+. More detailed assessment criteria
will be handed out for the Developmental Case Study.