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College of Education Department of Human Development Institute for Child Study EDHD 445 Guidance of Young Children Course Syllabus Instructor: Dr. D’Amour Meisch Office: 3304T Benjamin Building Office Hours: By appointment E-Mail: [email protected] Telephone: 301-294-2820 Course Meeting Time: Tuesday 6:00-8:45 pm Location: 3203 Art-Sociology Bldg Course texts: Poole, D., Warren, A., & Nunez, N. (2007). The Story of Human Development. New Jersey: Pearson Education. ISBN: 0-13-030752-1 Other course readings will be available on-line. Course Description: This course is designed to provide theoretical, empirical and practical information for helping and working with young children, their families, and their surrounding environments. Students will acquire knowledge about child development beginning with prenatal development and ending at the transition to kindergarten. Students will also gain knowledge about the role of parents in the lives of young children and ways to encourage development through parenting practices. Students will learn about child care in the United States and how it impacts development of infants, toddlers and preschool aged children. How parents and child care settings can facilitate the transition to kindergarten will be discussed as it relates to preparing young children for formal education. Course Objectives: Students will: 1. Demonstrate an overall understanding of child development from conception through age 6 and relevant theoretical perspectives. 1
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2. Recognize issues of individual differences and diversity in child development, and their implications for child guidance. 3. Understand theories of parenting and strategies used to guide children from infancy through early childhood. 4. Identify different forms of child care available to parents of young children, understand the influence of child care on child development, and know key factors to look for in high quality child care. 5. Develop the ability to think critically about theory and research in child development, parenting, and child care and apply this knowledge to guide young children. Course Requirements: 1. Examinations: There will be two in class examinations in the course. The first exam (March 10 th ) will cover introductory material related to theories of child development, infant and toddler development, and theories and strategies for parenting infant and toddlers. The final exam will cover early childhood development, parenting in early childhood, child care, and the transition to school. This exam will be on the designated final exam date. Format for the exams will be multiple choice, short answer and essay, and the final exam will be non-cumulative. 2. Research Poster Presentation: In pairs, students will read two peer reviewed research articles on a topic discussed in class. Each pair will prepare a poster presentation summarizing and critiquing various aspects of the research. A list of topics as well as presentation guidelines will be distributed in class. Students must post their citations on Elms no later than 6:00pm on April 21 st . Abstracts are due in the beginning of class:
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