2021-2022 Yavapai College Catalog 
    Jul 12, 2024  
2021-2022 Yavapai College Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

PSY 234 - Child Development

Description: Exploration of children's development from conception through middle childhood, assuming a transactional approach to understanding development focusing on family relationships, brain development, and social-emotional development.  Risk and protective factors are analyzed with respect to the interplay of attachment, brain development, and social-emotional development.  Developmental periods include prenatal, infancy, toddlerhood, preschool years, and middle childhood, with an examination of biological influences, cognition, behavioral characteristics, social interaction, and cultural resources typified at each developmental period. This course is cross-listed with ECE 234 .

General Education Competency: Written Communication

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Lab: 0

Course Content:
  1. Transactional Model of child development
  2. Attachment and child development
  3. Brain development determinants
  4. Risk and protective factors
  5. Physical development processes
  6. Cognitive and language development processes
  7. Social development processes
  8. Integrated domains of emotional regulation

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Discuss the transactional model of child development with respect to the interplay of nature and nurture within social contexts. (1,2,4,7)
  2. Explain the importance of attachment as the foundation for child development throughout childhood. (2-8)
  3. Describe major developmental themes (e.g. nature-nurture, stability and change, early - late experiences, and continuity - discontinuity) as applied to child development theories.  (2-7)
  4. Evaluate major theories of child development as applied to periods of childhood development. (3-8)
  5. Examine the interplay of physical, cognitive, emotional and social development throughout childhood developmental periods. (3-7)
  6. Identify the differential effects of parents, family, peers, teachers, and community on child development. (2-8)
  7. Analyze the transactional relationship of attachment, risk and protective factors, brain development, and social-emotional development throughout childhood. (1-4,7,8)
  8. Summarize research methods applied to various theoretical perspectives of child development. (1-8)
  9. Develop course signature assignments (observational research) reflecting course specific NAEYC core standard(s), posting same in teacher portfolio. (1-8)