FSW 281 Child Development in Diverse Families
Angie Limegrover, M.S.W.
Department of Family Studies and Social Work
Telephone: (513) 280-1894
Office: 110 McGuffey Hall
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.
three hours in a
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.
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
Physical, emotional, social and cognitive characteristics of children within five general stages of
Preschool through early childhood
Elementary school through middle childhood
The relationship between biological and environment factors (including culture) and their impact on
the development of children and the learning process.
Major theoretical models that organize our understanding of child development and the differing
contributions of these models.
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:
Students achieve perspective by combining imagination, intuition, reasoning,
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.
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