PSYC06011 2016 Applied Child Psychology ( 3-6 years)

General Details

Full Title
Applied Child Psychology ( 3-6 years)
Transcript Title
Child Psych (3-6)
Code
PSYC06011
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
PSYC - Psychology Studies
Department
SOCS - Social Sciences
Level
06 - NFQ Level 6
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
John Kane, Orla Walsh
Programme Membership
SG_HEARL_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Early Childhood Care and Educ SG_HEARL_H08 201800 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Care and Educ
Description

This module builds on psychological theory studied in year one and places particular emphasis on children's development in the pre-school years (3 - 6 years of age). The major psychological changes (physical, cognitive, linguistic, social and emotional) that take place in the pre - school child will be explored. Theoretical perspectives in psychology and key ideas in relation to child development will be discussed and the contribution of significant developmental theorists to our understanding of child development examined. As observation, recording and assessment of children's development and behaviour are considered invaluable professional tools, a major component of this module is developing the skills of child observation and assessment. Emphasis will be placed on the application of psychological knowledge to practice through the use of classroom discussion, case studies, role play and practical exercises. The overall aim of the module is to produce competence in the learner's ability to apply the principles of developmental psychology when working with young children.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

1.

Examine the contribution of significant psychological theorists to our understanding of child development.

2.

Describe the major psychological changes (physical, cognitive, linguistic, social and emotional) that take place in the preschool child (3-6 years of age)

3.

Use psychological approaches to nurture functional behaviour in  the young child.

4.

Select appropriate and ethical child observation methods to report on specific developmental milestones and child behaviour

5.

Evaluate current ethical psychological research and its application to early childhood development

Teaching and Learning Strategies

One hour lecture and two hour tutorial

Module Assessment Strategies

problem page assignment

child observation report on placement

Repeat Assessments

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Indicative Syllabus

Introduction and overview

Introduction to the module and review of psychological perspectives and theories in child development - learning theories, cognitive theories, psychoanalytic theories, ecological and biological theories.

Physical development

The changing physical appearance of the preschooler, continuing development of motor skills and development of the human brain.

Cognitive development

Contribution of the general theories of cognitive development to our understanding of children's thinking. Theory of mind, cognitive self-regulation, intelligence, genetic and environmental influences on cognitive development.

Language development

Theories of language development, including behaviourist, nativist and interactionist perspectives. Patterns of language development, some common problems with language, bilingualism.

Personality and Social development

Contribution of Sigmund Freud's and Erik Erikson's theories to our understanding of personality. Continuing development of self and gender identification. Emotional development, pro-social behaviour, aggression. Children's play.

Contexts for development

The child within the family (e.g. family dynamics, parenting, culture). Beyond the family (day care, pre-school and school). Ecological systems theory.

Applying psychological theory to practice

Applying psychological knowledge to support children's development and learning e.g. encouraging positive behaviour and managing negative child behavior.

Child Observation studies

Observation and assessment, observation techniques, observation records and developing the skill of ethical observation.



Introduction and overview

Introduction to the module and review of approaches in child development - learning theories, cognitive theories, psychoanalytic theories, ecological and biological theories.

Physical development

The changing physical appearance of the preschooler, continuing development of fine and gross motor skills and development of the human brain.

Cognitive development

Contribution of the general theories of cognitive development to our understanding of children's thinking. Theory of mind, cognitive self-regulation, intelligence, genetic and environmental influences on cognitive development.

Language development

Theories of language development, including behaviourist, nativist and interactionist perspectives. Patterns of language development, some common problems with language, bilingualism.

Personality and Social development

Contribution of Sigmund Freud's and Erik Erikson's theories to our understanding of personality. Continuing development of self and gender identification. Emotional development, pro-social behaviour, aggression. Children's play.

Contexts for development

The child within the family (e.g. family dynamics, parenting, culture). Beyond the family (day care, pre-school and school). Ecological systems theory.

Applying psychological theory to practice

Applying psychological knowledge to support children's development and learning e.g. encouraging positive behaviour and managing negative child behavior.

Child Observation studies

Observation and assessment, observation techniques, observation records and developing the skill of observation.


Introduction and overview

Introduction to the module and review of approaches in child development - learning theories, cognitive theories, psychoanalytic theories, ecological and biological theories.

Physical development

The changing physical appearance of the preschooler, continuing development of fine and gross motor skills and development of the human brain.

Cognitive development

Contribution of the general theories of cognitive development to our understanding of children's thinking. Theory of mind, cognitive self-regulation, intelligence, genetic and environmental influences on cognitive development.

Language development

Theories of language development, including behaviourist, nativist and interactionist perspectives. Patterns of language development, some common problems with language, bilingualism.

Personality and Social development

Contribution of Sigmund Freud's and Erik Erikson's theories to our understanding of personality. Continuing development of self and gender identification. Emotional development, pro-social behaviour, aggression. Children's play.

Contexts for development

The child within the family (e.g. family dynamics, parenting, culture). Beyond the family (day care, pre-school and school). Ecological systems theory.

Applying psychological theory to practice

Applying psychological knowledge to support children's development and learning e.g. encouraging positive behaviour and managing negative child behavior.

Child Observation studies

Observation and assessment, observation techniques, observation records and developing the skill of observation.










Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Child Observation report Project Project 60 % End of Semester 2,3,4
2 Problem page assignment Project Assignment 40 % Week 14 1,5
             

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Tutorial ECCE Skills Laboratory Turorial 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2014-02-22 From Birth to Five Years SET: Mary Sheridan's From Birth to Five Years: Children's Developmental Progress Routledge
ISBN 041583354X ISBN-13 9780415833547

From Birth to Five Years, based on the pioneering work of Mary Sheridan, is widely regarded as the go-to reference for health, education and social care professionals, or anyone concerned with the developmental progress of pre-school children.

In this new fourth edition, the text has been developed to further align it with current child development philosophies and practices, and to support the wider group of professionals that are now required to take steps for promoting childrens development as part of their assessment and management plans. This book aims to improve the clinical management of children with developmental disorders, through providing the full range of developmental attainments, methods of observation, and advice about when to seek help.

Features of this completely revised edition include:

  • For students and tutors information on theoretical aspects of development, with further reading suggestions and references including the most recent international studies in the field
  • A new section on the development of attention and self-regulation
  • Contemporary case studies with guidance on when to raise concerns for students and teachers
  • Discussion points to stimulate class debate

To complement this book, a new companion volume, From Birth to Five Years: Practical Developmental Examination, offers a step-by-step how to guide, including guidance on enquiry and observation, how to chart typical and atypical patterns, and red flags for recognising significant delay or abnormality.

To consolidate and expand on the practical and theoretical information across both books, a new companion website is available at www.routledge.com/cw/sharma, which includes the following additional learning material:

  • An interactive timeline of the key developmental domains
  • Introductions to theory with links to further reading
  • Research summaries
  • Video clips demonstrating practical assessment skills

Recommended Reading
2014-11-01 A Practical Guide to Child Observation and Assessment 4th Edition Oxford University Press
ISBN 140850488X ISBN-13 9781408504888

This best-selling book has been completely revised to provide a fully up-to-date guide on observation and assessment. Packed with examples of observation techniques, and documented examples, this is the only book students will need to build the skills required by the professional childcare practitioner. The book covers child observation components of all major childcare courses.

Recommended Reading
2013-07-25 Child Development Theory & Practice, 2nd edition Trans-Atlantic Publications
ISBN 1292001011 ISBN-13 9781292001012

The second edition of Child Development: Theory and Practice 0-11 has been fully revised and updated while retaining the authoritative, accessible and well structured writing style that proved popular in the first edition. The text is infused with the authors' passion and enthusiasm for the subject and their anecdotes provide engaging real-life examples of child development in practice.

Module Resources

Other Resources

An Leanbh Óg, the OMEP Ireland Journal of Early Childhood Studies

Journal of Early Childhood Research

International Journal of Early Years Education

Additional Information

Child Observations to be completed on practice placement