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Learning about children
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Learning about children

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  • 1. Learning about Children Chapter 1 - Section 1.1 Key Concepts • Explain the best way to learn about children. • Identify three areas of childhood that researchers have studied
  • 2. Why Learn About Child Development?  Create a list of three reasons you want to learn about child development.  How do you hope what you learn in this class might make a difference in children’s lives?
  • 3. The cure for crime is NOT in the electric chair, but in the high chair! The future is determined by the outcome of parenting!
  • 4. A few headlines: ▫ Couple in trouble for letting dog harm kids… ▫ Texas mom accused of leaving her kids in Nigeria… ▫ Coroner says bleeding from trauma killed girl, 2; Mom claims innocence… ▫ Foster Care judges swamped…
  • 5. So… • What are some solutions? • How will YOU prevent this from happening in your family?
  • 6. Your Impact on Children • Have you ever really thought about the process by which children grow up and become independent adults? • People and events shape who children become. • Studying child development will help you learn how you can make a positive difference in a child’s life.
  • 7. Benefits of Studying Children • As you learn more about how children grow and develop, you will understand them better. ▫ Learn why children feel, think, and act the way they do. ▫ Discover caregivers’ importance. ▫ Enjoy children more. ▫ Learn about career opportunities.
  • 8. Typical Behavior • A way of acting or responding that is common at each stage of childhood • Understanding these behaviors can help you respond to children more appropriately.
  • 9. Caregivers provide children • • • • Affection needed for physical growth Stimulation for learning How to know right from wrong How to get along with others
  • 10. The word “Childhood” means many different things to different people. • Depends in part on what your own childhood was like. ▫ A carefree time of security… ▫ A time of hardship… • For everyone Childhood is a time of rapid development, dependence on caregivers, and preparation for adult life.
  • 11. • “Children need people in order to become human…It is primarily through observing, playing and working with others older and younger than himself that a child discovers both what he can do and who he can become.” ◦ Urie Brofenbrenner, psychologist and family advocate
  • 12. Childhood has not always been considered a separate, important stage of life. • Before the 20th century: ▫ Nothing special or important about the early years ▫ Children were meant to be “seen and not heard.” ▫ Little was known about the emotional and intellectual needs of children. • Changing attitudes, social changes, and advances in technology and medicine have changed views about childhood.
  • 13. Children in the past/Children Today
  • 14. Families in the past/Families Today
  • 15. Education in the past/Education Today
  • 16. Childhood Past and Present Past Present • Health: many childhood diseases lead to death in almost every family • Education: single classrooms. School not required until 1918 • Love: unchanged • Work: children were expected to work at an early age. • Play: few toys and most handmade • Dress: formal • Health: many diseases controlled and better nutrition • Education: Grouped by age/ability. Required to attend school. • Love: unchanged • Work: laws ban children from working adult jobs • Play: endless toys and it is the how children learn • Dress: casual
  • 17. Why is Childhood Crucial? • Childhood is a time of preparation for adulthood. • Recent research has shown that early childhood may be the most important life stage for brain development.
  • 18. Why I Took Child Development? • Write a paragraph, at least 10 sentences, explaining why you took child development. • Then answer these questions: ▫ What do you hope to learn? ▫ Are there topics you’d like to discuss?

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