|Professor||Robert L. Campbell|
|Office hours||M W 3:30-4:30 PM T Th 2-4 PM|
Course description: Welcome to our Infant and Child Development course. It is meant to be an advanced treatment of the subject, so Psychology 340 (Life-Span Development) is the usual prerequisite. (If you haven't taken Psych 340, but you do have a reasonable background in Psychology or Education, this course may still be right for you—you should check with me to make sure.)
The purpose of this course is to give you a chance to investigate Infant and Child Development in greater depth. The research literature in these areas is rich in data and theory, so that shouldn't be hard to do. We will use a standard infant and child textbook, but I will supplement this with many examples from the broader literature; the lectures and class discussions will be organized around certain topics that we will explore in depth. You will also be getting more acquainted with this literature, by giving a brief presentaiton in class about a research article that interests you, and writing a research paper on some aspect of child development that interests you. I hope to work fairly closely with you on the ideas and writing style that you use in this project.
Robert Siegler, Judy DeLoache, and Nancy Eisenberg, How Children Develop, 3rd edition. New York: Worth Publishers, 2011.
Tests and other assessment: There are four tests in this course, one of which will be the final; each will consist of 4 or 5 essay questions. I distribute lists of possible essay questions three class periods before each test, so you won't be in the dark about the kinds of short essays you'll need to be prepared to write.
In addition, each of you will be asked to do some research on an area of infant and child development that interests you and give a PowerPoint presentation about it in class (roughly 15 minutes long). I will provide guidance about possible topics and about sources to consult; your "deliverables" are the in-class presentation and the final version of your PowerPoints.
Your final grade will be determined as follows (our extra credit arrangement is discussed farther down):
|EXTRA CREDIT||Add up to 5%|
Cheating: Your tests and your presentation are meant to be your individual work. (It's fine to discuss the presentation with other people, but the PowerPoints must be yours alone.) If you cheat, I will take action against you according to Clemson University policy.
Attendance: I do not have a formal attendance policy. That doesn't make it a good idea to skip class! Much of the material in this course will be presented in lectures and discussions, not in the textbook. And you don't do your fellow students a favor by skipping their presentations; please be there for them. If you know in advance that major circumstances will prevent you from taking a test on schedule, notify me (email will help us avoid the dreaded "telephone tag") and we will arrange a makeup.
Learning outcomes: Expected learning outcomes for Psychology 443 include, but are not limited to:
Extra credit: My colleagues and I encourage you to participate in empirical studies being carried out in the Psychology Department. These not only give you a direct acquaintance with empirical research in psychology, but may also give you an opportunity to support your fellow Psych majors who are participating in research teams, doing independent studies, or doing honors research. You can sign up online for some studies that are being conducted in the department; your credit for these will be tracked on the computer. You will receive 1/4 point extra credit for each increment of up to 15 minutes; the maximum is 20 15-minute units, or 5 points added to your final grade (to keep things simple, I always keep track of final grades on a scale of 0 to 100).
|Wednesday August 21||What Is development?||Siegler et al. Ch. 1|
|Friday August 23||What Is development?||Siegler et al. Ch. 1|
|Monday August 26||Prenatal development||Ch. 2
Tue. Aug. 27 is Last day to add
|Wednesday August 28||Prenatal development||Ch. 2|
|Friday August 30||Prenatal development||Ch. 2|
|Wednesday September 4||Prenatal development||Ch. 2|
|Friday September 6||The newborn||Ch. 3|
|Monday September 9||The newborn||Ch. 3|
|Wednesday September 11||Biology and development||Ch. 5|
|Friday September 13||TEST 1||Ch. 1-3|
|Monday September 16||Biology and development||Ch. 4|
|Wednesday September 18||Biology and development||Ch. 4|
|Friday September 20||Biology and development||Ch. 4|
|Monday September 23||Biology and development||Ch. 4|
|Wednesday September 25||Biology and development||Ch. 4|
|Friday September 27
PRESENTATION TOPICS DUE
|Infant perception||Ch. 5|
|Monday September 30||Infant perception||Ch. 5|
|Wednesday October 2||Infant perception||Ch. 5|
|Friday October 4||Infant cognition||Ch. 5|
|Monday October 7||Infant cognition||Ch. 5|
|Wednesday October 9||Infant cognition||Ch. 5|
|Friday October 11||TEST 2
|Monday-Tuesday October 14-15||FALL BREAK|
|Wednesday October 16||Language development||Ch. 6|
|Friday October 18||Language development||Ch. 6|
|Monday October 21||Language development||Ch. 6
|Wednesday October 23||Language development||Ch. 6|
|Friday October 25||Language development||Ch. 6|
|Monday October 28||Language development||Ch. 6
Tuesday October 29 is the last day to drop without a final grade
|Wednesday October 30||Piagetian theory||Ch. 4|
|Friday November 1||Piagetian theory||Ch. 4|
|Monday November 4||Piagetian theory||Ch. 4|
|Wednesday November 6||Information processing theory||Ch. 7|
|Friday November 8||Information processing theory||Ch. 7|
|Monday November 11||Conceptual development||Ch. 11|
|Wednesday November 13||Conceptual development||Ch. 11|
|Friday November 15||Attachment / Temperament||Ch. 10|
|Monday November 18||TEST 3||Ch. 4-7, 11|
|Wednesday November 20||The child's "theory of mind"||Ch. 11|
|Friday November 22||Development of the self||Ch. 12|
|Monday November 25||The family||Ch. 12|
|Wendesday-Friday November 27-29||THANKSGIVING|
|Monday December 2||The family||Ch. 12|
|Wednesday December 4||Peer relationships||Ch. 13|
|Friday December 6||Peer relationships||Ch. 13|
|Tue. December 10 3:00 PM||FINAL EXAMINATION||Everything|
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