Education | Child Development
P515 | 5789 | David Estell
The purpose of this course is to give students an overview of the
study of child development. As with any survey of a scientific
discipline, this course will include three major things: theory,
methodology, and the empirical findings themselves. You will be
introduced to the major theories of human development in the
cognitive, social, and emotional realms, how they came about, how they
advanced the understanding of human development, and the problems
associated with each particular theory. Like theories, the methods
used to study a particular question have both strengths and
limitations, which makes a careful consideration of them very
important. Lastly there is of course what has actually been learned
by developmental scientists over the years. One key element of this
class will be examining how well these theories, methods, and
basic-science findings map onto real-world phenomena, and how they can
lead to practical applications for educators.
I hope you will take from this course a deeper appreciation of the
complexities of human development as well as the challenges and
rewards of studying it.
Flavell, J., Miller, P., & Miller, S. (2002). Cognitive development,
(4th Ed.). Englewood, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Davies, D. (1999). Child development: A practitioner's guide. NY:
Various readings (see attached list).
Your grade will be based on four areas of evaluation:
Critical analysis papers (10 points each)...30pts
Presentation on final paper.............20pts
Exam. The exam will focus on the major themes of the course. I will
make it clear as we go through the course what kinds of questions I am
likely to ask on the exam. I will not test you on minor details, but
rather on the major concepts of child development.
Critical analysis papers. Each paper will be a maximum of 2 pages,
and will analyze a some of the readings upon which our in-class
discussion will be based. There will be further instructions
regarding these in a separate hand-out.
Final paper. The term paper is expected to be approximately 8 pages
long. The form this paper takes will vary across student disciplines,
and further instructions will be provided in a separate hand-out.
Presentation. This will consist of a 10-minute in-class presentation
of your paper. And guess what? That's right: further instructions
will be provided in yet another a separate hand-out.
Grades will be assigned as follows:
A 94-100 187-200
A- 90-93 179-186
B+ 87-89 173-178
B 83-86 165-172
B- 80-82 159-164
C+ 77-79 153-158
C 73-76 145-152
C- 70-72 139-144
D+ 67-69 133-138
D 63-66 125-132
D- 60-62 119-124
F 59 and down 0-118
The material of this course will be arranged by topic, though I hope
by the end of the course you will understand that dividing development
into social, emotional, and cognitive areas is simply an easier way to
look it--and that all are interdependent upon each other.
The key to keeping this course interesting for all of us is
participation. You are to have done the assigned reading prior to the
class for which it is listed, and are accountable for the information.
This will allow us to use class-time for discussion of the material
and for supplementary information above and beyond that in the text.
Although lectures and discussion follow the topics in the books, they
will expand on the information in the text.
The basic schedule for the course follows...
Tue., Jan. 14
Introduction to the course.
Thurs., Jan. 16 Developmental Science: a Conceptual Framework
Magnusson & Cairns (1996)
COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION
Tue., Jan. 21 Introduction to development.
Flavel chapter 1 & pp. 339-351
Thurs., Jan. 23 Infancy.
Flavel chapter 2 (skip 50-54), chapter 3, & pp. 236-240 (infant
Tue., Jan. 28 Early childhood cognitive development.
Flavel chapter 4
Davies pp. 240-251
Thurs., Jan. 30 Early childhood cognitive development.
Flavel pp. 139-144
Tue., Feb. 4 Early childhood cognitive development and early
Vandell, Pierce, & Stright (1997)
DISCUSSION: WHAT IS APPROPRIATE EDUCATION FOR 2 TO 5 YEAR OLDS?
Thurs., Feb. 6 Early childhood cognitive development and television.
ADAMS CRITIQUE DUE AT BEGINNING OF CLASS
DISCUSSION: DEVELOPMENTAL APPROPRIATENESS OF THE SHOW FOR 2 AND 3 YEAR
Tue., Feb. 11 Middle and late childhood cognitive development.
Flavel chapter 5 (pp. 144-176)
Davies, chapter 10 (pp. 316-321)
Thurs., Feb. 13 Middle and late childhood cognitive development.
Stigler & Stevenson (1992)
DISCUSSION: STIGLER & STEVENSON
Tue., Feb. 18 Cognitive development, intelligence, and IQ tests.
DISCUSSION: INTELLIGENCE AND IQ TESTS: USES AND PROBLEMS
Thurs., Feb. 20 Motivation and achievement.
DISCUSSION: DWECK 1999
Tue., Feb. 25 Implications for education.
Silver, Burdett & Ginn (1993)
SILVER, BURDETT & GINN LESSON CRITIQUE DUE AT BEGINNING OF CLASS
DISCUSSION: MAMMALS LESSON
Thurs., Feb. 27 Language.
Flavel pp. 50-54, chapter 8
Tue., Mar. 4 Language.
Flavel chapter 8
Thurs., Mar. 6 Infant temperament and attachment.
Davies Introduction, chapter 1, chapter 6 (pp. 172-176), chapter 8
Tue., Mar. 11 Attachment.
Thurs., Mar. 13 Predicting children's socioemotional development (risk
Davies chapters 2 and 3
Tue., Mar. 18 Spring Break
Thurs., Mar. 20 Spring Break
Tue., Mar. 25 Self-regulation.
Davies pp. 117-129, 133-137 (infants), 181-202 (toddlers), 251-164
(preschoolers), chapter 9, and pp. 320-334 (children)
Thurs., Mar. 27 Parenting.
Davies chapters 5 & 7
Tue., Apr. 1 Family.
Demo & Cox (2000)
Thurs., Apr. 3 Peers.
Rubin, Bukowski, & Parker (1998)
Tue., Apr. 8 Aggression and violence.
Patterson, DeBaryshe, & Ramsey (1989)
Thurs., Apr. 10 Implications for education.
Tue., Apr. 15 Presentations
Thurs., Apr. 17 Presentations
Tue., Apr. 22 Presentations
Thurs., Apr. 24 Presentations
Tue., Apr. 29 Presentations
Thurs., May 1 Presentations
Direct URL: http://ereserves.indiana.edu/coursepage.asp?cid=429
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unified framework. In R. B. Cairns, G. H. Elder, Jr., and E. J.
Costello, (Eds.) Developmental Science (pp. 7-30). Cambridge,
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Cairns, R. B. (2000). Developmental science: Three audacious
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learning gap: Why our schools are failing and what we can learn from
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Shaffer, D. R. (1996). Intelligence: Measuring mental performance.
In D. R. Schaffer, Developmental psychology: Childhood and adolescence
(pp. 331-374). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.
Dweck, C. S. (1999). Caution: Praise can be dangerous. American
Silver, Burdett & Ginn (1993). Mammals. In Science Horizons,
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Shaffer, D. R. (2000). Early social and emotional development. In D.
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Shore, R. (1997). What have we learned? In R. Shore, Rethinking the
brain: New insights into early development (pp. 15-55) New York:
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Demo, D. H., & Cox, M. J. (2000). Families with young children: a
review of research in the 1990s. Journal of Marriage and the Family,
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
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developmental perspective on antisocial behavior. American
Psychologist, 44, 329-335.
Farmer, T. W. (2000). The social dynamics of aggressive and
disruptive behavior in school: Implications for behavioral
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