Psychology of Childhood – PSYC 221

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/12/2020

Course Description

A study of child growth and development from birth to puberty. Examination of the basic theories principles and practices of childhood training and education.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


In this study of human development, course materials and student interactions will introduce the methodologies and topics of the childhood years of human life. The stages of life from birth through middle childhood will be examined with respect to the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial areas of development. An understanding of the behavior and thinking of the self and others will be an effective tool for intrapersonal and interpersonal Christian growth.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

The following learning outcomes are in accordance with PDLOs 1–6. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate his/her competence in the major concepts, theories, and principles of child development.
  2. Apply psychological concepts, theories, and research findings as they relate to everyday life, examine evidence of ambiguity, ethnics, Christian/Biblical faith, and values.
  3. Apply critical thinking to solve problems related to parenting, children’s behavior, and cognitive processes.
  4. Apply psychological concepts, ethics, Christian/Biblical faith, and values in the stages of child development.
  5. Communicate effectively in written, oral, and technological formats to compare theories with best practice.
  6. Recognize the complexity of socio-cultural and international diversity.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will post a new thread in the Discussion Board Forums responding to prompts provided by the instructor. Each thread must be 200–250 words. In addition to the thread, the student will read and reply to at least 2 of his/her classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words. (CLOs: A, B, C, D, E)

Adaptive Readings

The student will be assigned homework to complete in Connect. The homework will consist of exercises, problems, and SmartBook/LearnSmart activities. All assignments for a given module/week are divided into weekly folders inside of the Connect system. (CLOs: A, B, D, E, F)

Observation Paper

For this assignment, the student will observe a child under the age of ten in a natural setting for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour, and submit a 3 - 4-page paper reporting his/her observations. The paper must demonstrate the theories and concepts learned throughout the course and include at least 4 scholarly references. (CLOs: A, B, C, D, E)

Quizzes (8)

Quizzes will consist of 25 multiple-choice questions. Each of these open-book/open-note quizzes will have a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes. The student will be responsible for reading and studying his/her textbooks in preparation, as not everything on the quizzes can be covered or discussed in the modules/weeks. (CLOs: A, B, C, F)