Child Development And Learning DUMF2069

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will explore aspects of physical, personal and social development from birth to emerging adulthood. Specifically, it will examine biological and environmental factors which influence physical development (e.g. hormones, heredity, nutrition); and the child's emotional and social development (including understanding of self and moral development, and how these are influenced by specific cultural, family, economic and environmental factors).

Timetable

2 hours lecture each week

1-hour seminar each week

Requirements of Entry

Normally, entry to Year 2 of the MA Honours Primary Education with Teaching Qualification.

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Written assignment (20%) - due mid-semester

Examination (50%) - during exam diet

Group presentation (10%) - during last week of term

Early years experience reflection (20%) Due mid-semester

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

1) To critically examine a range of theories of child development;

2) To examine stages of cognitive, emotional and social development between birth and emerging adulthood;

3) To assess the social, political and cultural influences upon the cognitive, emotional and social processes of child development;

4) To critically examine how a range of child developmental theories relate to cognitive, emotional and social development

5) To critically examine how a range of child developmental theories relate to and impact on effective pedagogy in primary schools;

6)To cultivate the ability to connect theoretical studies of child development with both the learning needs of children and the professional requirements and responsibilities of a primary school practitioner.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1) identify and critically analyse a range of theories which influence the cognitive, emotional and social processes of child development;

 

2) explain the stages of cognitive, emotional and social development between birth and emerging adulthood;

 

3) explain and critically assess how cognitive, emotional and social development is affected by social, political and cultural influences;

 

4) critically apply child developmental theories of cognitive, emotional and social development to effective pedagogy in primary schools;

 

5)connect theoretical studies of child development with both the learning needs of children and the professional requirements and responsibilities of a primary school practitioner.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must attend at least 80% of classes and attempt all summative assessments.

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examination) of the course's summative assessment.