Learn how children develop psychologically as they grow, and what factors (such as learning, parenting styles, enforcement, and genetic makeup) influence their behaviour and thinking. Anyone who lives or works with children will gain valuable insights into child behaviour. Students of counselling or psychology will be better prepared to understand childhood influences on later adult behaviour.
There are 12 lessons in this course:
- Introduction to Child Psychology
- Levels of development, nature or nurture, isolating hereditary characteristics, cause versus correlation, continuity versus discontinuity, cross sectional and longitudinal studies, reliability of verbal reports
- The Newborn Infant
- The Interactionist approach, range of reaction, niche picking, temperament stimulus seeking, emotional disturbances during pregnancy
- States and Senses of the Infant
- Sensory discrimination, infant states (sleep, inactivity, waking, crying etc), why psychologists are concerned with defining and describing infant states, habituation, crying, soothing a distressed baby, sensory discrimination, depth perception, oral sensitivity
- Habituation, vicarious learning, classical conditioning, operant conditioning, reinforcement, the importance of learning control, etc
- Emotions and Socialisation
- Producing and recognising emotional expression, smiling, biological explanation, perceptual recognition, mother-child Attachment, Freudian approach, Bowlby's approach, Social Learning approach, Harlow's approach, role of cognition in attachment formation, day care
- Cognitive Development
- Developing the ability to reason.
- Language Development
- Is language ability learned or innate? Social Learning Approach, Hypothesis testing approach, under extending
- Measuring Intelligence, Cultural Bias, IQ, Testing Intelligence as a tool.
- Socialisation - Part A
- Social Cognition, self awareness, awareness of others, development of empathy, taking turns, having a point of view/perspective, social scripts, pretend play
- Moral development, aggression and altruism, Freud, Piaget and Kohlberg on moral development
- Freud's phases (oral phase, anal phase, phallic phase, latent phase, genital phase), gender and role Identity, psycho-social development
- Socialisation - Part B
- Family influence, discipline, siblings, family structures, school influence, peer influence, acceptance and rejection, modelling, reinforcement.
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
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Course Duration: 100 Hours
DeliveryOnline & Correspondence
Course REF: BPS104