Learning about Children
- Section 1.1
• Explain the best way to learn about children.
• Identify three areas of childhood that researchers have
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?
The cure for crime is NOT in the
electric chair, but in the high chair!
The future is determined by the
outcome of parenting!
A few headlines:
▫ Couple in trouble for letting dog harm kids…
▫ Texas mom accused of leaving her kids in
▫ Coroner says bleeding from trauma killed girl, 2;
Mom claims innocence…
▫ Foster Care judges swamped…
• What are some solutions?
• How will YOU prevent this from happening in
Your Impact on Children
• Have you ever really thought about the process
by which children grow up and become
• People and events shape who children become.
• Studying child development will help you learn
how you can make a positive difference in a
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
▫ Discover caregivers’ importance.
▫ Enjoy children more.
▫ Learn about career opportunities.
• 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.
Caregivers provide children
Affection needed for physical growth
Stimulation for learning
How to know right from wrong
How to get along with others
The word “Childhood” means many
different things to different people.
• Depends in part on what your own childhood
▫ 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.
• “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
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.
Childhood Past and 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
• Dress: formal
• Health: many diseases
controlled and better nutrition
• Education: Grouped by
age/ability. Required to
• Love: unchanged
• Work: laws ban children from
working adult jobs
• Play: endless toys and it is the
how children learn
• Dress: casual
Why is Childhood Crucial?
• Childhood is a time of preparation for
• Recent research has shown that early childhood
may be the most important life stage for brain
Why I Took Child Development?
• Write a paragraph, at least 10
sentences, explaining why you took child
• Then answer these questions:
▫ What do you hope to learn?
▫ Are there topics you’d like to discuss?