Within the context of a historical perspective, this course provides an overview of the major theorists and others whose ideas contributed to the field of early childhood education and child development. The course also includes examples and illustrations of the application of these ideas and theories in programs that serve young children.
- Describe the difference between practice based on research and practice based on personal opinion.
- Explain why our Code of Ethics requires that we study child development theory.
- Identify contributions of influential people whose ideas have helped to shape our view of children and our approaches to working with them.
- Identify contributions of major theorists and how their research informs the practice of working with young children.
- Discuss how child development research is used to advocate for children.
- Describe major theories of social/emotional development and tell how this research helps us to understand behavior and personality development.
- Demonstrate how to use modeling to eliminate negative behaviors or to teach a new behavior.
- Describe how children demonstrate their intelligences within an early care and education setting.
- Explain the major theories of cognitive development and how the research helps us to plan appropriate activities for children.
- Recognize the role of contextual theories in explaining the nature vs. nurture debate.