Education | Foundations of Child Growth and Development I
P348 | 5468 | Anne Stright

Required Readings
1. Child Development (6th ed.) Laura Berk
2. Articles passed out in class

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

2. Apply research in child development to your profession


1. 2 exams - Each exam is worth 25% of your grade.
The exams 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 exams. The tests will be multiple choice.
My goal is to make sure that you learn the most important concepts.
Consequently, I will highlight what these concepts are during class
and test you on them. I will not test you on minor details. I will
emphasize the practical applications of each concept because I believe
that this information will be the most useful to you in your life and
future career.

2. Critique of a toddler television show (Teletubbies) 10% of grade

3. Developmental Case Study of a Child 35% of grade

4. Class Questions Each class I will write a question on the board at
the beginning of class. You write your response on a piece of paper
and turn it in at the end of class. Worth 5% of your grade.

Grading Scheme
I'll use the following curve to assign final grades. I use the
traditional mathematical procedure for rounding numbers, percentages
at or above .5 are rounded up, below .5 are rounded down. So if your
final percentage was 98.5%, then your rounded percentage would be 99%
or an A+; if your final percentage is 98.4%, then your rounded final
percentage would be a 98% or an A.

Final Percentage/Final Course Letter Grade

100-99 A+
98-95  A
94-90  A-
89-87  B+
86-83  B
82-80  B-

79-77  C+
76-73  C
72-70  C-

69-67  D+
66-63  D
62-60  D-		

Make-up Tests
Because the creation of each test is time consuming, the tests must be
taken on the days that they are scheduled. If you miss a test, you
will earn 0 points. I will make exceptions only for major illnesses or
emergencies. You must notify me before the test, not after!

Posting Grades
I will post your grades on the Web using the Post'em Grade Reporting
System developed by the Bureau of Evaluative Studies and Testing
(BEST). I also will indicate what your grade average is for the course
at that point in the semester.	

Post'em is an automated grade reporting system on the Web that enables
faculty and associate instructors to post students' grades without
compromising students' privacy. Students may access their grades 24
hours a day using Netscape. Grades can be updated by instructors at
any time, and the results can be viewed immediately by students.

How do you see your grades? Use the following procedure.

1.  Go into Netscape and type this address in the proper box.

2.  Login with your Network ID and password. (This should be your
email ID and password.) If you receive an error message about your
password, then you need to follow the directions given in the error
message to find out what your password is for the network. It may not
be the same as your email password.

3.  Post'em will search for you in all of its class accounts. It will
then show a list of your classes for which Post'em has information.

4.  You select from this list the class for which you would like to
see your grades.

5.  Then select the "See my grades" button.

6.  If you have only 1 class that is using Post'em, then your grades
for that class will be automatically given to you.

Your privacy is protected because the system will only show the grades
for that username and password.

Class Attendance
I strongly recommend that you attend each class.  Each test will be
based on information in the book and information given only in class.
Although you can use others' notes for classes that you miss, you are
gambling that their notes are going to be adequate and that you will
be able to make sense of them.

Note Taking
My past experience is that students who do well are students who take
detailed notes that make sense later when they try to study them.  If
your notes are cryptic or incomplete it will be very difficult for you
to do well on the tests.  Be especially careful to indicate in your
notes whenever I state in class that such and such will be on the next

Class Schedule and Readings

Jan. 13	Introduction	
Jan. 15	Theories & Methods
Chapters 1 & 2
Jan. 20	No Class - Martin Luther King Day		
Jan. 22	Theories & Methods
Chapters 1 & 2

Jan. 27	Biological Foundations, Prenatal Development, & Birth
Chapter 3
Jan. 29	Biological Foundations, Prenatal Development, & Birth
Chapter 3
Turn in parent interview on the prenatal & physical development of
your child.
Feb. 3	Biological Foundations, Prenatal Development, & Birth
Shaped by Life in the Womb.

Feb. 5	Infancy: Early Learning, Motor Skills, & Perceptual
Chapter 4 & Chapter 5 (pp. 181-188)
Academy Urges Mothers to Nurse for a Full Year.
Feb. 10	 Infancy: Early Learning, Motor Skills, & Perceptual
Chapter 4
Turn in observation sheet of motor development for your child.

Feb. 12	Cognitive Development
Chapters 6 & 7

Feb. 17	Cognitive Development
Chapters 6 & 7
Turn in observation sheet of the cognitive instruction of your child.

Feb. 19	Cognitive Development
Chapters 6 & 7

Feb. 24	Catch Up Day
Review for test
Feb. 26	Test 1

March 3	Language Development
Chapter 9
March 5	Language Development
Chapter 9
Turn in observation sheet for the language development of your child.
March 10 Class will begin at 9:30 and end at 12:30.
Language Development
Television & Computers
False Promise
Dumbing Down with Teletubbies		
Turn in 2-page Developmental Critique of Teletubbies
Class Discussion on the developmental appropriateness of the show for
2-and 3-year-olds
March 12 No Class (Because of double length class on Monday, March

March 17 Spring Break

March 19 Spring Break

March 24 Emotional Development
Chapter 10

March 26 Emotional Development
Chapter 10
Turn in Temperament Scale for your child.

March 31 Emotional Development
Chapter 10

April 2	Emotional Development
Chapter 10
Turn in observation of the quality of attachment for your child.

April 7	Self-Regulation, Parenting, & Discipline
Chapter 12 (pp.510-511) & Chapter 14 (pp. 563-572)
April 9	Self-Regulation, Parenting, & Discipline
Chapter 12 (pp.510-511) & Chapter 14 (pp. 563-572)
April 14 Motivation, Self-Esteem, and Achievement
Class discussion of the following article:
Dweck, C. S. (1999). Caution: Praise can be dangerous. American

April 16 Motivation, Self-Esteem, and Achievement
Chapter 11 (pp. 447- 455)
Turn in observation of the caregiver-child interactions

April 21 Gender Development
Chapter 13

April 23 No Class
Dr. Stright will be at the Society for Research in Child Development

April 28 Catch up Day
Review for test

April 30 Test 2	

No final exam for the class.