Child and Adolescent Development in the Digital Age – PSYC 830

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Examination of current research on child and adolescent development in the context of the digital age. Appraisal of empirical literature relating to the impact of contemporary technological innovations on physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual development of children and adolescents. Investigation of the complex interactions among development, media and technology, and recent sociocultural change. Exploration of the effects of sociocultural change on development.

Prerequisites 

PSYC 725

Rationale

It is essential that developmental psychologists in the 21st century have an empirical, research-based understanding of the impact of the digital age on child and adolescent development. Most contemporary children and adolescents have grown up with new digital technologies, and many are proficient in the use of computers, the Internet, and smart phones. The digital age has had a profound impact on the way children and adolescents learn, socialize, and communicate. The digital age is here to stay, and technological innovations will likely continue to increase at a rapid pace. There is much information in the news and popular literature that is based on fear and hype rather than on scholarly research. This course approaches child and adolescent development in the digital age from an objective scientific perspective.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Critique current scholarly research on child and adolescent development in the context of the digital age as well as distinguish scholarly sources of information from general audience sources.
  2. Appraise empirical literature relating to the impact of contemporary technological innovations on physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual development of children and adolescents.
  3. Investigate the complex interactions among development, media and technology, and recent sociocultural change.
  4. Explore the effects of sociocultural change on development.
  5. Integrate a biblical perspective with the scientific study of child and adolescent development in the digital age.

Course Assignment

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards 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 at least 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 at least 100 words.

Chapter Summary

The student will write a 1-3-page summary of the following chapter (available at no cost in the Liberty University online library): Calvert, S. L. (2015). Children and digital media. In R. M. Lerner, M. H. Bornstein, & T. Leventhal (Eds.), Handbook of child psychology and developmental science: Ecological settings and processes (7th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.liberty.edu/login?url=https://search.credoreference.com/content/entry/wileycptmhd/children_and_digital_media/0?institutionId=5072. This summary may later be incorporated into the research paper if the student chooses to use it as one of the sources.

Journal Article Summaries (2)

The student will write 2 1-3-page summaries of research-based peer-reviewed journal articles of the student’s choice pertaining to a topic relating to child and adolescent development in the digital age. These summaries may later be incorporated into the research paper if the student chooses to use them.

Research Paper Topic and 3 References

The student will submit a research paper topic and 3 scholarly peer-reviewed journal article references, in APA format, related to the topic.

Research Paper

The student will write a 10-15-page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on research on a topic related to child and adolescent development in the digital age. The paper must include at least 8 scholarly journal articles as references. Other references, including course materials and the Bible, may be incorporated in addition to the 8 journal articles, but the majority of the content of the paper should be supported by research-based scholarly peer-reviewed journal articles.