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


  1. Tests = 300 possible points. There are NO make-up exams without clearing it with me first.
  2. Class projects = 100 possible points. On the following pages are a list of 24 projects. Each project is worth 7 points. You can complete 15 projects for up to a total of 105 points. A one or two page summary of the project will be required. The summary can be typed or hand written. If the summary is written it MUST be legible. Each project MUST include your name and the project number. The project assignments will be made in class and will correspond with the current lecture/discussion and must be turned in when due in order to receive the total points. The projects will be returned at the end of that section.

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.