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CFS 421. Development of Young Children

Credits: 3
Department: Child & Family Studies
Description: Typical and atypical development of children, prenatal through 10 years. Methods of observation, application of development theories to early childhood practices.
Corequisites: CFS 361
Semester Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring
Grading Method: ABCDF
Additional Information: Online course.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the main data collection techniques used in developmental research and explain the advantages and limitations of each.
2. Apply research on developmental trends in and influential factors related to children's emergent literacy and reading skills.
3. Examine the developmental course and implications of children's attachment to caregivers.
4. Explain how genes and environmental experiences interact in a child's development.
5. Analyze the basic principles of children's physical, social and emotional development.
6. Differentiate among and critique the theoretical frameworks of language development.
7. Identify and explain the primary contributions of family, culture and community to a child's development.
8. Examine the development of friendships and other peer relationships during childhood and adolescence.






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