Child/adolescent Growth, Development, & Learning
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Course level: EDU Graduate
This course explores the range of issues that affect human development from birth through age 18. The focus of the course is on defining the various stages of child/adolescent growth and development and how they impact instructional practice and decisions in a K-12 environment. The influence of emotional, intellectual, psychological, social, and cultural factors on student learning are discussed. Peer and family influences, along with issues related to media themes and gender bias, are examined. This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Arkansas, Alaska, Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Wisconsin, Wyoming and individuals who reside outside the United States.
This graduate level course requires proof of completion of a Bachelor's degree. Be prepared to provide documentation during the checkout process.
What you'll learn
Course skills and outcomes
- Analyze major theories and significant events in human development that have affected student learning throughout history.
- Compare the theories of leading human development theorists.
- Evaluate the application of educational theory to classroom observations.
- Examine the stages of physical development in infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence.
- Identify environmental considerations that influence brain development.
- Identify effective strategies for encouraging the healthy nutrition of children and youth.
- Compare varying theories of cognitive development.
- Relate the stages of cognitive development in infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence to learning experiences.
- Examine how the theory of information processing relates attention and memory.
- Analyze the application and impact of intelligence and intelligence testing on learning
- Compare the stages of language development.
- Evaluate the components, theories, and stages of language development.
- Analyze the implications of language development on teaching and learning for all students.
- Examine morality as it relates to societal norms and social understanding.
- Examine the development of moral reasoning and self-control in early and middle childhood and adolescence.
- Examine the stages of social and emotional development in infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence.
- Analyze changes in self-esteem from early childhood through adolescence.
- Evaluate the development, adoption, and changes of gender roles and identity from early childhood to adolescence.
- Analyze how family structures influence behavior and functioning in children and adolescents.
- Analyze the influence of various child-rearing styles on child and adolescent development.
- Justify the importance of peer relationships on development.
- Analyze the effects media and technology have on student development and learning.
- Describe the physiological and sociological effects of alcohol, narcotics, drugs, and tobacco.
- Compare classroom management strategies between the different stages of development.
- Evaluate a variety of play-based strategies and how they vary among the different stages of development.
- Analyze the role of language and culture in learning and how this influences classroom decisions.