FSW 281 Child Development in Diverse Families Syllabus Fall Semester Revised 2010-2011 School Year

FSW 281 Child Development in Diverse Families Syllabus Fall Semester Revised 2010-2011 School Year

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FSW 281 Child Development in Diverse Families Fall 2010 General Information: Instructor: Angie Limegrover, M.S.W. Office Hours: by appointment Department of Family Studies and Social Work Telephone: (513) 280-1894 Office: 110 McGuffey Hall Email: limegram@muohio.edu Course Description and Objective: A study of physical, cognitive, and affective development of children from birth to childhood; observation and application of principles of family, community, and educational settings. Prerequisite: three hours in a social science. Miami Plan: FSW 281 is a course in the Miami Plan Thematic Sequence Children in Families. Other courses in the sequence are FSW 261, Diverse Family Systems Across the Life Cycle and FSW 381, Parent Child Relations in Diverse Families. Please refer to the general bulletin for more information or visit the Liberal Arts Education website at www.muohio.edu/led. Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: 1. Physical, emotional, social and cognitive characteristics of children within five general stages of development: a. Prenatal/neonatal b. Infancy/toddler c. Preschool through early childhood d. Elementary school through middle childhood e. Adolescence 2. The relationship between biological and environment factors (including culture) and their impact on the development of children and the learning process. 3. Major theoretical models that organize our understanding of child development and the differing contributions of these models. 4. Observing, recording and reporting information on similarities and differences in development patterns and behaviors of children. As a Miami Plan course, these objectives will be reached through participation in variety of activities and assignments throughout the semester. These activities and assignments will involve: Thinking critically: Students achieve perspective by combining imagination, intuition, reasoning, and evaluation. Critical thinking develops the ability to construct and discern relationships, analyze arguments, and solve complex problems. Students will be expected to analyze, synthesize, and problem solve during class work, discussions, research, and exams. Understanding Contexts: How we know may be as important as what we know, thus, examining assumptions is an important part of learning. Further, knowledge of the conceptual frameworks
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and achievements of the arts, sciences, technology, and character of global society is crucial to our future. Students will analyze complex forces, events and values that affect what and how we think. Students will compare and contrast videos, discussions, and text with regard to events and values. Engaging with other learners: A healthy exchange of different ideas and viewpoints encourages rethinking of accepted perspectives. Therefore, diversity among learners, a supportive atmosphere of group work, active listening, and opportunities to critique results encourage learning through shared efforts.
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FSW 281 Child Development in Diverse Families Syllabus Fall Semester Revised 2010-2011 School Year

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