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Description

Focuses on the core processes of growth and development in early to middle childhood. Considers developmental theories, issues and research findings related to physical growth and cognitive, emotional, and social development. Considers appropriate instruments to assess growth and development. Evaluates the efficacy of popular early intervention programs designed to enhance development in at-risk populations of children.

Course Objectives

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the critical domains of health and development during early and middle childhood
  • Apply developmental theory and research methods to a discussion of children's well-being
  • Explain the major determinants of health and development during childhood
  • Acquire skills needed to effectively communicate about child health and development research to policymakers and the public

Readings

Textbook: Shonkoff, J.P., Phillips D.A., (eds). From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development. Board on Children, Youth, and Families. National Research, Committee on Integrating the Science of Early Childhood Development, Council, Institute of Medicine. National Academy Press. Washington, D.C. 2000.

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Textbooks

Shonkoff, J.P., Phillips D.A., (eds). From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development. Board on Children, Youth, and Families. National Research, Committee on Integrating the Science of Early Childhood Development, Council, Institute of Medicine. National Academy Press. Washington, D.C. in 2000.  
Topic Readings
Lecture 1: Course Description No Readings
Lecture 2: Language and Conceptual Framework for Early Child Development Rutter M. Nature, Nurture and Development from Evangelism through Science toward Policy and Practice, Child Development. (2002) 73(1):1-21. Bronfenbrenner, U, Morris, P. The Ecology of Developmental Processes. In R. Lerner (ed.) Theoretical models of human development, Volume 1, Handbook of Child Psychology (5th ed). 1998:993-1028. New York, NY: Wiley.
Lecture 3: Physical Growth During the First Decade of Life Wei, C., Gregory, J. Physiology of Normal Growth, Pediatrics and Child Health, 2009, 19 (5): 236-241. Rogol AD, Clark, PA, Roemmich JN. Growth and pubertal development in children and adolescents: effects of diet and physical activity, Am J Clin Nutr 2000;72(2 suppl):521S-528S.
Lecture 4: The Epidemiology of Child Health: Domestic and Global Perspectives Anne E. Casey Foundation. (2010). Kids Count, 2010 Data Book: State Profiles of Child Well-being. Baltimore Maryland The State of the World�s Children 2008, UNICEF, 2008 Chapter 1: Where We Stand, pp. 2-25.
Lecture 5: Neurodevelopment in the First Decade of Life From Neurons to Neighborhoods. Chapter 8: The Developing Brain. pp 182-218.
Lecture 6: Emerging Self-Regulation: Temperament, Emotions, and Biological Sensitivity to Content From Neurons to Neighborhoods. Chapter 5: Acquiring Self Regulation. pp 93-115. Ellis B, Boyce WT. Biological Sensitivity to Context. Psychological Science 2011;17(3):183-187
Lecture 7: Early Executive Functions: Self-Regulation, Effort Control, Impulse Control, and Attention From Neurons to Neighborhoods. Chapter 5: Acquiring Self Regulation. pp 93-123.
Lecture 8: Cognitive, Moral, and Social Development in Childhood, Part I Flavell, J.H., Miller, P.H., Miller, S.A. (1993). Theory of Mind. In: Cognitive Development, 3rd Edition. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
Lecture 9: Cognitive, Moral, and Social Development in Childhood, Part II Crain, W.C. (1985). Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development. In: Theories of Development. Prentice-Hall. pp. 118-136.
Lecture 10: Effective Early Child Development Interventions Domitrovich, C.E., Bradshaw, C.P., Greenberg, M.T., Embry, D., Poduska, J.M., & Ialongo, N.S. (2010). Integrated models of school-based prevention: Logic and theory. Psychology in the Schools, 47(1), 71-88. Embry, D.D. (2002). The Good Behavior Game: A best practice candidate as a universal behavioural vaccine. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 5(4), 273-297
Lecture 11 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (Sept. 2008). Issue Brief: Jails and Community-based Health Care. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (Aug. 2010). Issue Brief: The 2012 Farm Bill: An Opportunity to Support Farmers and Promote Public Health.
Lecture 12: Growing Up in Toxic Environments Knapp, J. The Impact of Children Witnessing Violence, 1998, Pediatric Clinics of North America, 45(2):355-364. Koger, S.M., Schettler, T., & Weiss, B. (2005). Environmental toxicants and developmental disabilities. American Psychologist, 60(3), 243-255.
Lecture 13: Attachment Theory and Attachment-Based Interventions Required: Cassidy, J. (2008). The nature of child�s ties. In J. Cassidy & P.R. Shaver (Eds.), Handbook of Attachment: Theory, research, and clinical applications (2nd ed.). New York, NY, US: Guilford Press. pp. 3-22. Recommended: Zeanah, C.H. & Smyke, A.T. (2008 ). Attachment disorders in family and social context. Infant Mental Health Journal, 29,(3), 219�233.
Lecture 14: Maternal Depression and Its Consequences for Children and Families Goodman, S.H. & Gotlieb, I.H.. (1999). The risk for Psychopathology in the Children of Depressed Mothers: A Developmental Model for Understanding Mechanisms of Transmission. Psychological Review, 106 (3), 458-490. Hammen, C. & Brennan, P.A. (2003). Severity, chronicity, and timing of maternal depression and risk for adolescent offspring diagnoses in a community sample. Archives of General Psychiatry, 60, 253-258.

Course Curriculum

    • Course Description (Robert Blum and Lynne Michael Blum) 01:00:00
    • Language and Conceptual Framework for Early Child Development (Robert Blum) 04:00:00
    • The Epidemiology of Child Health: Domestic and Global Perspectives (Robert Blum) 04:00:00
    • Neurodevelopment in the First Decade of Life (Robert Blum) 02:00:00
    • Emerging Self-Regulation: Temperment, Emotions, and Biological Sensitivity to Content (Kristin Voegtline) 04:00:00
    • Early Executive Functions: Self-Regulation, Effort Control, Impulse Control, and Attention (Lynne Michael Blum) 05:00:00
    • Cognitive, Moral, and Social Development in Childhood, Part I (Lynne Michael Blum) 03:00:00
    • Cognitive, Moral, and Social Development in Childhood, Part II (Lynne Michael Blum) 02:00:00
    • Effective Early Child Development Interventions (Robert Blum) 03:00:00
    • Growing Up in Toxic Environments (Robert Blum) 03:00:00
    • Attachment Theory and Attachment-Based Interventions (Anne Duggan) 02:00:00
    • Assignments 7 days

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