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Child Growth & Development Skills


Course Description

CHILD GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT SKILLS - HMNS-2100 is an introduction to the physical, social, intellectual and emotional growth of children.

The critical connections between understanding how young children develop and the teacher’s role in guiding interactions with children, planning and implementing curriculum, observing and identifying individual needs of children, appreciating diversity and shaping child advocacy and public policy will be discussed.

HMNS-2100 will also explore the historical perspectives of childhood and the evolution of research methods. Key tenets of the primary early childhood theories–maturationist, behaviorist, psychoanalytic, cognitive / developmental and socio-cultural will be presented.

In addition to weekly class meetings, requirements will include:

HMNS-2100 is an introductory course, so there is no specific pre-requisite. It is strongly recommended that students pursuing an Associate in Arts Degree complete HMNS-1010 – Orientation to Human Services so that they may be eligible for Field Placement.

Required Text

Jeffrey Trawick-Smith, Early Childhood Development, a Multicultural Perspective, 4th Edition
Companion Website at www.prenhall.com/trawick

Instructional Methods

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