Sonoma State University
Education 420
Child Development in the Family, School, and Community

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Course Schedule: Section 2

Fall 2009

August 26
September 23
October 21
November 18
September 2
September 30
October 28
December 2
September 9
October 7
November 4
September 16
October 14
November 11

Week 1: August 26

Introduction to course
Remembrance of things past: the contexts of childhood

Week 2: September 2

Overview and application of child development theories

Read: McDevitt & Ormrod; pgs 3-25
Gopnik, et al: ch 1; pgs 1-22
Homework: Library research

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Week 3: September 9

Physical development
Developmental Theories Groupwork
Quiz #1

Read: McDevitt & Ormrod; pgs 145-165
Gopnik, et al: ch 6, pgs 174-197
Homework: Bring in highlighted research articles and/or books for theorist groupwork

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Week 4: September 16

Emotional development
Video: "Flexible, Fearful, and Feisty"

Read: McDevitt & Ormrod: pgs 403-416; 419-423; 428-431; 444-454; 463
Homework: a) WebCT response #1- Erikson's stages
b) Decide on your top 3 choices for the Book Club, bring to class

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Week 5: September 23

Development of social understandings
Attachment Theory Presentation – John Bowlby, Mary Ainsworth
Quiz #2

Read: McDevitt & Ormrod: pgs 466-471; 530-534; 555-559
Gopnik, et al: ch 2, pgs 23-59
Homework: In-depth study proposal on WebCT

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Week 6: September 30

Cognitive development
Constructivism Theory
Infants visit

Read:McDevitt & Ormrod: pgs 194-210; 225
Gopnik, et al: ch 3, pgs 60-91
Homework: Find 1 experiment described in Gopnik chapter &  write a paragraph explaining its relevance to infant cognition.

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Week 7: October 7

Language Development
Socio-Cultural Theory Presentation
Video:  "The Power of Play"
Quiz #3

Read: McDevitt & Ormrod: pgs 210-219; 313-320; 336-344
Gopnik, et al: ch 4, pgs 92-132
Homework: Find out what your first words were and the progression of your language dvpt or interview someone who learned English as a second language

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Week 8: October 14 - Faculty Furlough Day

State of America's Children Research

Read: State of America webpages
Homework: Post
Community resource agency report on WebCT

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Week 9: October 21

Effect of environment on children: State of America's Children share
Behaviorist and Social Learning Theories Presentation – Skinner, Bandura
Information processing theory
Quiz #4

Read: McDevitt & Ormrod: pgs 233-256; pgs 482-487
Begin reading your book group selection

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Week 10: October 28

Piagetian Clinical Interviews
Intelligence Theories Presentation
Quiz #5

Read: McDevitt & Ormrod: pgs 273-300
Continue reading your book group selection
Supplemental reading on WebCT
Homework: Post introduction to in-depth study on WebCT; Bring 3 copies to class

Supplemental articles:
#1: reading on book handling
#2: reading on seriation and classification
#3: reading on conservation
#4: reading on drawing a person
#5: reading on memory

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Week 11: November 4

Influences of families on children
Book Group Discussions – Development in different contexts– Urie Bronfenbrenner

Read: McDevitt & Ormrod: pgs 63-84; 92-96
Complete your book group selection
Homework: Bring the written responses to 2 questions for your book group: questions #1 and another decided within your group

Book Group Discussion Questions:
The Glass Castle
The Ride Together
The Color of Water
Stealing Buddha's Dinner
True Notebooks

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Week 12: November 11 - Veteran's Day

Homework: Classroom observation; write notes and conclusions (optional) Due: December 9


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Week 13: November 18

Moral Development Theory Presentation
Influence of media, technology, and popular culture
Community influences on children
Video: "Mickey Mouse Monopoly
Quiz #6

Read: McDevitt & Ormrod: pgs 517-528; 176-179; 454—459;
561- 568; 581-585
Supplemental articles on course website

Homework: WebCT response #3– Debate on juvenile justice


November 25 - Thanksgiving Holiday

 

Week 14: December 2

Presentations of in-depth studies

Due: In-depth study and abstract

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Week 15: December 9

Culture of schools
Exceptional Children
Video: “Educating Peter”
Quiz #7

Read: McDevitt & Ormrod: pgs182-185; 266-268; 303-308; 347-350; 435-437; 472-473; 571-577
Homework: Bring classroom observation – notes, conclusions, analysis (optional)


Week 16: December 16

Final activity

Due: Developmental Theory Analysis

 

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