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Human Development and Family Studies (HD FS)

HD FS 229 (GS) Infant and Child Development (3) Theory, research, and methods of social/behavioral/biological sciences related to developmental processes and intervention during infancy and childhood.

HD FS 229 Infant and Child Development (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course introduces students to the study of children from the prenatal period to (not including) adolescence. Students will become familiar with the most prominent theoretical ideas about child development. The latest research on prenatal development, infancy, early and middle childhood will inform the discussions, and students will become familiar with key studies. The major domains of children's functioning covered include social interactions and emotional development, cognitive changes and acquisition of language, physiological growth in infancy and biological changes that underlie the transition out of childhood into adolescence. A key feature of this course is how processes in these different domains interact to influence children's overall adaptation. Finally, informed by a life course developmental framework, this course will place these developmental processes in context. Students will become familiar with the theoretical and empirical literature that locates children's growth and development in the context of families and family change, peer groups, neighborhoods and communities, and the larger cultural context within which they are embedded. Students will be evaluated across several performance areas which may include tests, writing assignments, group projects, and participation in class discussions and panels. This course will be offered five times a year at University Park and varying amounts at Altoona and the Commonwealth Campuses. Enrollments vary by semester and location: Fall/Spring: 15-50 students at the Commonwealth and Altoona locations; 100-200 at University Park. Summer: 10-20 at the Commonwealth and Altoona locations; 20-30 at University Park.

General Education: GS
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Social and Behavioral Science
Effective: Fall 2004

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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