EDF 2130: Child and Adolescent Development for Educators University of Central Florida College of Education, School of Teaching, Learning & Leadership Dr. Nevine Snyder I. DESCRIPTIVE INFORMATION Course Credit: 3 credit hours Intended Audience: Elementary & secondary education majors at the sophomore level Instructor Email: [email protected] Office Location: ED 223 Catalog Description: The goal of this course is for students to gain knowledge and understanding about the developmental stages and characteristics of individuals from infancy through adolescence, with application to learners in educational settings. II. STATEMENT OF COURSE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES KEY: FEAP = Florida Educator Accomplished Practices PEC = Florida Professional Education Competencies Through lectures, overhead, video and/or computer presentations, class discussions, student presentations, written assignments, exams, field experiences, and group interactions the student will, upon completion of the course, be able to: 1. Demonstrate knowledge of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial developmental patterns and of individual differences in order to meet the needs of all students in the classroom. (FEAP/PEC 1, 5, 7) 2. Identify and demonstrate understanding of theories and themes of human growth and development as represented by the following theories: biological theories, psychoanalytic theories, psychosocial theories, behavioral theories, cognitive-developmental stage theories, moral developmental theories, cognitive information processing theories, sociocultural theories, and contextual theories. (FEAP/PEC 13, 7) 3.Describe the effects of culture, beliefs, traditions, values, and gender on development. (FEAP/PEC 2; FEAP/PEC 5, 13) 4. Identify typical and atypical patterns of development, including language development and the needs of students with limited English proficiency. (ESOL 25; FEAP/PEC 2, 5; PEC 14) 5. Recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect, alcohol and drug abuse, severe emotional distress in students (FEAP/PEC 6, 11) Page 1 of 17
6. Describe the variety of teacher-centered and learner-centered approaches to instruction that are aligned with developmentally-appropriate instructional practices. (FEAP/PEC 2, 11; PEC 13) Note: The key focus in this course is on how to use theories and research to promote students’ optimal development in the classroom; therefore, this is an application-based course where students use developmental theory and research to better understand children and adolescents, to generate developmentally-appropriate solutions when problems occur in the classroom, and to ensure that academic lessons promote rather than hinder students’ cognitive and psychosocial development. Professor Snyder’s Goals and Hopes: As the professor of the course, I hope you will find the material of this course fascinating and interesting and that you will continue to be interested in it long after the course has ended. The content of this course has the potential to involve every person. Throughout the term, I hope you
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