Introduction to Child Development
CD 2113/PSY 2113
In this class we will be studying theories of child development. The Case History project is designed to showcase the theories you have learned and translate them into practice. You will create a child, identifying and describing the child’s cognitive and psychosocial development from birth through age eighteen. Using your knowledge of the theories and applying them to practice, you will identify the developmental stages of the child you will create. You will also identify basic child development theories this created child experiences in their childhood and describe the created child from birth to the age of eighteen. The case history will cover five developmental stages of childhood: Infancy (Pre-natal to 2 years of age) Early Childhood (2-6 years of age) Middle Childhood (6-10 years of age) Early Adolescence (10-14 years of age) Late Adolescence (14-18 years of age) In each of the five stages you will need to describe your child’s physical, cognitive and social-emotional development. Provide examples of what the child does and how it affects the different developmental areas. You will also describe the child’s development in each of the five developmental stages according to the following theorist: Erikson’s Psychosoical Theory – Explain the child’s development in terms of Erikson’s psychosocial theory. When did the child achieve the various stages and how did you know? Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development – Consider the child’s development from a Piagetian theoretical perspective. When did the child achieve the various stages and how did you know? Vygotsky’s Theory of Cognitive Development – Consider the child’s development from a Vygotskian theoretical perspective. Key terms to include are ZPD and Scaffolding. When did the child achieve the various stages and how did you know? Baumrind’s Parenting Styles – Explain this child’s development in terms of Baumrind’s...
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