Marriage and Family Relationships
I took this course in Fall 2011. I learned about the evolving definition of a family and how a family is composed of many altering relationships between family members. I also learned more about marriage as a whole and many components included in marriage such as: sexual satisfaction, financial stability, parenting techniques, communication styles and extended family relationships. I also learned about how the specific structure of a family and the quality of a marriage can affect children positively or negatively.
I took this course in Fall 2012. In this course, I learned how to write non-judgmental observation notes and apply them to the DRDP (Desire Results Developmental Profile). In the course, I chose a target child to follow throughout the course of the semester. I observed this child weekly in the child development observation booth in the child development laboratory. Through this assignment, I learned how to intensively follow a child’s development over a period of time and assess their developmental level across many areas. I learned how to apply children’s actions and play experiences to the DRDP and record accurately.
Introduction to Child Development
I took this course in Fall 2012. In this class, I learned more about the many theorists that support assumptions about children’s development such as Piaget, Vygotsky, Freud and Erickson. I also learned basic child development information regarding pregnancy, childbirth and the first six months of a child’s life. I also learned about the different areas of development including fine motor, gross motor, socioemotional, language and literacy and health and safety. After learning these, I briefly learned on different curriculum that promoted each type of development.
Methods of Inquiry
I took this course in Fall 2013. In this course, I learned more about research methods and how to apply this research when desiring to understand areas of child development. I learned how to use statistics as they related to the research in the coursework. I also completed a research proposal relating to an area of research I would be curious to learn more about.
I took this course in Fall 2013. I learned about specific issues related to a school-aged children’s development. This course included issues such as bullying, body image and puberty. I learned more about how these issues can affect children’s development through the school years. I learned how important social context and peer relationships are during the school years.
Biology of Childhood
I took this course in Fall 2014. This course covered many areas of child development from a biological perspective and frame. This course had many guest speakers that covered topics such as lactation, childbirth and cancer. This course featured weekly quizzes and monthly exams that tested my knowledge of the course material. I also specifically learned about peripartum infections, in-utero infections and sexually transmitted infections and their potential effect on the baby.
Issues in Assessment: Children and Families
I took this course in Fall 2014. In this course, I learned more about assessment types, assessment styles, assessment bias and assessment analysis. I also learned about how intensely assessment affects curriculum in schools. I also learned more about the purpose of assessment and the positive and negative components of it. I learned about terms such as standards and benchmarks in great detail as they applied to the coursework. I also completed an extensive analysis and project on the ECERS (Early Childhood Education Rating Scale) including how to use it and interpret the results.