Jankowski - SS 515 - F124

Jeffery Jankowski, Ph.D.

Child Development: SS - 515 (F124)

Term: Spring 2004

Time: Mon, Wed, Thurs 12-12:50pm

Textbook: Kail, R.V. (2001). Children and Their Development, (Second Edition). Prentice-Hall

Course Goals:

  • Provide an overview of the study of child development
  • Discuss how study/research influences our understanding of child development

Requirements:

  • Exam I - 20% of Grade
  • Exam II - 25% of Grade
  • Exam III - 25% of Grade
  • Writing Assignment - 20% of Grade
  • Class Participation - 10% of Grade

Exams: The exams will have 40-45 multiple choice questions which will cover material presented in class and in the text. It is permissible to make-up one of the first two exams on May 10. In order to do so, please provide some evidence of illness or family emergency. All students are expected to be present for the final exam.

Attendance: Your presence in class is important – attendance will be taken. (Students are kindly asked to make every effort not to bring young children to class.)

Participation: Students are encouraged to join in class discussion and ask questions (during class, after class, or during office hours).

Dates Chapter Topics, Exams, Assignments
1-29 ---- Introductions
2-2, 2-3, 2-5 Ch 1 & 2 The Science of Child Development
2-9, 2-11 Ch 3 Genetic Bases of Child Development
2-12 ---- No Class - College Closed
2-16 ---- No Class - College Closed
2-17, 2-18, 2-19 Ch 4 Prenatal Development, Birth, and the Newborn
2-23, 2-25, 2-26 Ch 6 Sensory and Perceptual Development
3-1 (see below) Current Directions Article I
3-3 ---- Review for Exam
>3-4 ---- Exam I – Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6
3-8 ---- Return Exams
3-10, 3-11 Ch 7 Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development
3-15, 3-17, 3-18 Ch 8 Information-Processing Approaches to Cognitive Development
3-22, 3-24, 3-25 Ch 9 Intelligence and Individual Differences in Cognition
3-29 (see below) Current Directions Article II
3-31 ---- Review for Exam
4-1 ---- Exam II – Chapter 7, 8, and 9
4-5, 4-7, 4-8 ---- No Class- Spring Recess
4-12 ---- No Class – Spring Recess
4-14 ---- Return Exams
4-15 Ch 10 Language and Communication
4-19 Ch 10

Language and Communication (continued)

4-21, 4-22 Ch. 11 Emotional Development
4-26, 4-28, 4-29 Ch 12

Understanding Self and Other

5-3, 5-5, 5-6 Ch 13

Moral Understanding and Behavior (Writing Assignment Due 5-3)

5-10 ---- Make-Up Exams
5-12 (see below) Current Directions Article III
5-13 ---- Video – Evaluating/Testing Children
5-17 ---- Review for Exam
5-20/5-28 ---- Final Exam (Ch. 10, 11, 12, and 13)

Current Directions Articles:

  1. Howe, M.L. (2003). Memories from the cradle. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 12(2), 62-65.
  2. Garlick, D. (2003). Integrating brain science research with intelligence research. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 12(5), 185-189.
  3. Cox, M.J. & Paley, B. (2003). Understanding families as systems. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 12(5), 193-196.

Writing Assignment: Describe Piaget’s theory of cognitive development.

The paper should be:

  • 5-7 pages
  • Type-written (Font size 11 with 1 inch margins)
  • Double-spaced
  • In your own words, please do not copy from references