CHILD PSYCHOLOGY--Spring, 1992
INSTRUCTOR: Gary W. Guyot
Office 101E--Science Building
Office Hours: 11-12am MWF; 2-3pm MWF; 9:30-10:40 TTH and by appointment
Office Phone: 458-3516, Home Phone: 989-0149
This is an introductory course in child psychology. Child psychology is concerned with the psychological influences on the developing child. Lectures will, in general, cover the research findings applied to the child. The focus on the class will be on optimal psychological conditions for development.
Dworetzky, J. P. (1990). Introduction to Child Development, 4th Ed. New
York: West Publishing.
Section I: Foundations of Development and the Beginnings of Life.
Reading: Dworetzky, Chapters 1-5 (pp. xxiii-146).
Topics: Current societal perspectives of childhood The history of childhood: Ages and stages The new beginning--The helping (emphatic) revolution Philosophical and Scientific influences on childhood Children's versus parental rights Prenatal development and influences Perceptual, motor, and physical development Your child is a person. Temperament Test I: Approximate--Week of February 17-21
Section II: The Mental World--Learning, cognition, and intelligence.
Reading: Dworetzky, Chapts. 7,8,9,10,11 (pp. 181-333)
Topics: Classical conditioning and behavioral therapy Operant conditioning and behavior modification Social Learning, modeling, and the media Maturational shifts and learning Cognitive development and education Language and communication Intelligence, IQ, and achievement Test 2: Approximate--Week of March 23-28
Section III: The Social World--Personality and socialization
Reading: Dworetzky, Chpts. 6, 12-15, & 17 (pp. 147-177, 337-450, & 473-503) Topics: Social attachment--The human connection Divorce, daycare, and other current social issues Child abuse Parenting strategies & Personality Personality theory: Freud & Erikson Birth order & personality Biological Sex and sex role development The influence of peers and schools Moral development The disadvantaged child, the invulnerable child Protecting your child's mental health Test 3: Final Period/8:00 am Monday, April 27
OPTION: One option to the projects is to do volunteer work with children. There are several agencies, e.g. Street Smart, Pregnant Teen Programs, Genesis Shelter, etc. You may also be currently working with children in schools, preschools, church, etc. You must put in 20 hours of service work and turn in a 10-15 page JOURNAL of your experiences in relation to what we've cobered in class. You will be required to give a short presentation to the class on your experiences at the end of the semester. If you choose to do this option you must let me know by January 24.
3. Class attendance and participation. I do expect you to attend and participate in this class. If you are borderline between two grades and you have several unexcused absences during the semester you will get the lower grade.
4. There are NO extra credit assignments other than those listed.
5. I reserve the right to change any part of this course syllabus during the semester with a one-week notice to the students.
NOTE: I hope you will enjoy this course. If any part of this course is less than desirable, please let me know. Thank You, Gary.