This course addresses basic principles of human growth and development from pre-birth through early adulthood. Theoretical and biblical constructs are examined with a holistic orientation, as well as factors that impact the parenting process. Ethical concerns and multicultural factors are also considered.
The mental, physical, emotional, social and spiritual implications of healthy development may vary by child, but research consistently shows the importance of key milestones in each stage. More importantly, there are strategies parents can utilize that foster healthy development for their children in each of these domains.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150 words. (Meets CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).
Interview Summary Assignment
The student will schedule an interview with either a parent, school teacher or child/adolescent counselor to address the following questions:
- What are the biggest barriers to a child’s emotional, relational and spiritual development today?
- What is the greatest threat to children and adolescents today?
- What one issue are you most concerned about, that if it is not addressed and/or corrected, can potentially destroy the next generation of young people?
The student will synthesize the interview and submit a 3–4-page summary (not including Title Page or References) in current APA format incorporating specific observations relevant to developmental stages. (Meets CLOs 1, 2).
Developmental Influences Paper: Girls Assignment
After reviewing relevant research and popular media messaging concerning a potential barrier to the healthy development of today’s girls, the student will write a concise 5-page paper (not including Title Page or Reference Page) in current APA style. (Meets CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Developmental Influences Paper: Boys Assignment
After reviewing relevant research and popular media messaging concerning a potential barrier to the healthy development of today’s boys, the student will write a concise 5-page paper (not including Title Page or Reference Page) in current APA style. (Meets CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
The student will complete four open-book/open-notes quizzes that will consist of 10 essay questions based on the course’s video, audio, and reading materials. (Meets CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)