EDUC-230 : Childhood Learning and Development in Cultural Context

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: EDUC-230 Childhood Learning and Development in Cultural Context

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): EDUC-101

Course Description in college catalog:

The goal of this course is to enable students to acquire a knowledge base of developmental processes from birth through adolescence and their implications for classroom practice. Students will examine the central emotional, cognitive, and social issues for each developmental period during childhood. Cultural, socio-economic, and historical influences on development will be integrated within the course. Starting from an ecological perspective, students explore the influences of environmental factors such as family, culture, and economics on the development of the individual. Individual differences, the range of normal development, and strategies for accommodating individual variability in the classroom will be emphasized. This course integrates required fieldwork observation and the use of technology.. 

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

Dual-Joint AA/BA Degree in Childhood Education with Queens College

A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

  3. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life

  4. Use historical or social sciences perspectives to examine formation of ideas, human behavior, social institutions, or social processes

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

1. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of core theories of socio-emotional development and the ways in which culture and context shape such developmental processes.

2. Physical development in the prenatal period and throughout childhood will be a major topic in this course. Students will be able to identify factors that support healthy development, effective life styles, and longevity. Students will also be able to show the how the interaction of humans with their environments has an impact on both their natural surroundings and on their own development.

3. This outcome is represented in this course by cross-cultural comparison of developmental practices and outcomes. Understanding points of view other your own is important for living in a diverse community, for having effective personal relationships, for dealing with problems that involve multiple perspectives and opinions, and for resolving moral dilemmas.

4Develop competency in observing and assessing development and learning in classroom settings using performance-based methods that are sensitive to students’ unique cultural/ethnic backgrounds.

5. Demonstrate the teacher’s role in working with families in culturally diverse communities and fostering their involvement in their children’s education.

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Assignments Points
Class participation 20
Observation Paper 10
Response Papers- In Class Assignments 20
Final Paper Presentation 10
Final Paper 40

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.

Campus Cultural Centers

Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC)Opens in a new window
Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

The KHC uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

Queensborough Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window
QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

Queensborough Art GalleryOpens in a new window
QCC Art GalleryOpens in a new window

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.