ED/PY-201 Human Growth and Development

Course Description:

Introduces human growth and development with special emphasis on the physical, cognitive, emotional and moral issues related to the practical period through elementary school years. Covers the entire human life cycle from the prenatal period through old age and death.
A. PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES (PLOs):
The student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate basic knowledge of the foundations and concepts related to elementary education.
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with a variety of instruction strategies for elementary school students.
  3. Demonstrate basic knowledge in the following areas: art, communication, humanities, language, literature, science, and social sciences.
B. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs): GENERAL
The student will be able to:
  1. Become knowledgeable of the developmental theories and their application in a Micronesian context;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the biology of human development;
  3. Develop an understanding of the major cognitive and emotional/social developmental stages of individuals from birth to young adulthood;
  4. Become knowledgeable of the various aspects and issues of middle childhood years; and
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the various aspects and issues of adolescent development.
SLO PLO 1 PLO 2 PLO 3
1 D D
2 I
3 D I
4 D D
5 D
I = Introduced D = Demonstrated M = Mastered
C. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs) – SPECIFIC:
The student will be able to:

General SLO 1. Become knowledgeable of the developmental theories and their application in a Micronesian context.

Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Strategies
1.1 Map the area to human development,
1.2 Separate the different domains of the field,
1.3 Discuss the goals of developmental psychology and science in general.
PLO 1
SLO PLO 1
SLO PLO 1
Summarize in writing the following theories of development: Sigmund Freud Erik Erikson B. F. Skinner Ivan Pavlov Abraham Maslow Jean Piaget General SLO 2. Demonstrate an understanding of the biology of human development from conception to birth Student Learning Outcomes: Assessment Strategies 2.1 Study the processes of human reproduction, including prenatal development as well as how sex is determined an basic genetics. Address the process of human reproduction and the stages of pregnancy in a written checkout. 2.2 Prenatal environmental influences common in Micronesia will be emphasized. Present verbally the following prenatal environmental influences: Tobacco Alcohol Marijuana Toxins in the Environment A scoring rubric will be used. General SLO 3. Develop an understanding of the major cognitive and emotional/social developmental stages of individuals from birth to young adulthood. Student Learning Outcomes: Assessment Strategies 3.1 Develop an understanding of the major developmental stages of individuals from 0 to 2 to years Explain the characteristics of this cognitive stage of children, including the sequence of language development from birth to two years, in a written checkout. In the same exercise, the student summarizes the sequential physical development of children from 0 to 2 years as part of a written checkout. 3.2 Compare current child-rearing practices with traditional practices in Micronesia. Research and present verbally findings of past and current child rearing practices and discusses in writing 3 ways to enhance a child’s cognitive and language development in Micronesia as part of a written checkout. 3.3 Develop an understanding of the major developmental stages of individuals from 2 to 6 years. 3.4 Develop an understanding of the physical changes of 3 to 7-year-old children with a special emphasis on the difference between gross and fine motor skills. List and explain the principles of physical development of 2 to 6-year-old children, including motor skills, in a written checkout. 3.5 Deepen his/her understanding of Piaget’s theory of children’s cognitive levels and their characteristics. Explain Piaget’s cognitive levels with their characteristics of children in a written checkout. 3.6 Inquire into the signs and causes of child neglect and abuse in Micronesia and develop a concept of emotionally healthy personalities and social bonds in Micronesia. Explain the signs and causes of child neglect and abuse in Micronesia as well as early signs of developmental delay in preschool children. 3.7 Conceptualize the moral behavior of children and the development of gender roles in Micronesia. Write a four-page paper discussing the moral behavior of children and how gender roles are learned in Micronesia, including the development of emotionally healthy personalities and social bonds in Micronesia. 3.8 Develop an understanding of the major developmental stages of individuals from 6 to 12 years. 3.9 Develop an understanding of the growth pattern of 7 to 12-year-old children with a special emphasis on the sequential acquisition of conservation skills of children. Explain the developmental patterns of children during this period in a written checkout, which will include the sequential acquisition of conservation skills. 3.10 Conceptualize the developmental trends in children’s perceptions of people. Summarize the developmental trends in children’s perception of people as part of a written checkout. 3.11 Develop an understanding of language development in middle childhood and describe how language is enhanced in a Micronesian environment. Discuss about language development in middle childhood as part of a written checkout and how language is enhanced in a Micronesian environment. 3.12 Conceptualize peer relationships and friendships among children and explain the importance of positive parents and family relationships for the cognitive development of children. Discuss verbally the peer relationships and friendships of children. Included here are the importance of positive parents and family relationships to the cognitive development of children. 3.13 Conceptualize moral development in elementary school years. Relate Kohlberg’s stages of moral development to children in elementary school in Micronesia in a written assignment. 3.14 Analyze the typical problems of children with learning disabilities. Discuss three types of problems that student with learning disabilities encounter in the classroom as part of a written checkout. 3.15 Develop an understanding of the major developmental stages of Adolescence/Youth 3.16 Inquire how abstract thought develops in adolescence. Summarize the characteristics of Piaget’s period of formal operations on a written checkout. 3.17 Conceptualizes how identity is formed in Micronesia. Write and present a paper discussing the development of identity in Micronesia. The student presents verbally and in writing the roles of adolescents in a Micronesian family and community. 3.18 Forms an understanding of the physical characteristics of adolescents. Discuss the physical characteristics of adolescents as part of written checkout. General SLO 4. Become knowledgeable of the various aspects and issues of middle childhood years. Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Strategies 4.1 Become aware of the pros and cons of modern technology and its impact on maturation and learning in Micronesia. Writes a reflective paper about the pros and cons of television and video games in Micronesia and verbally presents it to class. 4.2 Becomes aware of the effects of a lack of role models on children’s development. Explains the effects of fatherlessness on children’s development in a written checkout. General SLO 5. Demonstrate knowledge of the various aspects and issues of adolescent development. Student Learning Outcomes: Assessment Strategies 5.1 Analyzes specific traits of Micronesian adolescents. Discusses verbally and in writing the psychological traits of Micronesian adolescents, including initiation rites and problems related to “storm and stress.” 5.2 Becomes aware of the effects of drugs and alcohol abuse in Micronesia. Discusses verbally and in writing the effects of drugs and alcohol abuse in Micronesia. 5.3 The student becomes aware of parenting issues of adolescents. Discusses in writing and verbally presents parenting issues of adolescents in Micronesia. D. COURSE CONTENT Classical developmental theories, such as Freud’s, Piaget’s, Erikson’s, etc. Human Growth (physical) from 0 to 16 yrs. Maturation processes Human reproduction and pregnancy, including substance abuse Emotional and social development, including relationship to parents, siblings, and peers (including issues of child abuse) Issues of adolescence Comparisons between theories developed in the West and conditions in Micronesia Learning processes and theories of learning Development of Language and Cognition E. METHODS OF INSTRUCTON Lectures, whole-class discussions, directed and individual research, group work. F. REQUIRED TEXT (S) AND COURSE MATERIALS Vander Zanden, J., Crandell, T., & Crandell, C. (2007). Human Development. New York: McGraw Hill (or most recent edition). G. REFERENCE MATERIALS None H. INSTRUCTIONAL COSTS None I. EVALUATION None J. CREDIT BY EXAMINATION None

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