HMDEV200-23G (TGA)

Child Development

15 Points

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The University of Waikato
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Division of Education
Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education

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: trish.watson@waikato.ac.nz

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: anne.ferrier-watson@waikato.ac.nz

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What this paper is about

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This paper will explore a range of historical and contemporary theories related to Child Development, with a secondary line of focus on Children's Studies and Childhood Studies. The paper aims to build on existing knowledge of human development theories so that a deeper understanding of the influence of various factors, including historical and cultural context, on children and childhood ensues. The paper aims to strengthen students’ ability to become critical consumers of this knowledge.

This paper takes the position that, generally, there is no one ‘right’ child development theory or one single solution to address issues relating to child development. Instead, evidence should be examined and critiqued in context. Your role as a student in this course is to actively contribute your views, and consider those of others, so that you are able to gain better insight into a variety of perspectives about child development. It is important that each student and the lecturer is able to share his/her view in a respectful environment, and that through robust conversations, a more solid understanding of some of the complexities emerges.

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How this paper will be taught

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In this course, students are required to:

  • attend in person the two block weeks at the start of the trimester (20-23 November, 4-7 December)
  • complete the required assessments
  • engage with the readings
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Required Readings

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There is no required textbook for this course.

Weekly readings (readings list ) will be made available via Moodle.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Understand some of the key theories relating to child development, and how they contribute to our understandings of children and childhood
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  • Compare and critique a range of dominant theories about child development, including the social and cultural contexts that shape child development
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  • Demonstrate a knowledge of child development from a critical perspective, looking at issues in child development research and practice
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  • Critically examine how time, place, and culture impact on child development
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  • Communicate and engage with issues and ideas about child development, and reflect on their usefulness in personal and practical contexts
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Assessments

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How you will be assessed

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HMDEV200 is fully internally assessed. To pass the course, all of the following assessments should be attempted.

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assessment 1: Group Presentation
7 Dec 2023
No set time
20
  • Presentation: In Class
2. Assessment 2: Test 1 and Test 2
11 Dec 2023
No set time
40
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Assessment 3: Literature Review
14 Dec 2023
11:30 PM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Assessment 4: Participation
15 Dec 2023
11:30 PM
10
  • In Class: In Lecture
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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