Psychology and Child Development 0-6 years


This module is designed to enable the learner to examine and understand historical and contemporary understandings of psychology and child learning and development from birth to six years of age.

A broad overview of childhood development theories will consider maturation, psycho-dynamic, socio-emotional, learning, biological, cognitive, behaviourist, ecological and information processing. The classic theorists include Gesell, Freud, Piaget, Vygotsky, Erikson, Skinner, Bandura, Bronfrenbrenner, and Chomsky. Recent developments in neuro-science of early childhood provides new insights into child motivation, learning, cognitive processes and action. These include: Shonkoff, Shanker, Gopnik and Shore (Shonkoff and Philip, 2000).

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe a broad range of psychological theories.

  2. Explain the biological, social and cultural development of human behaviour and the influence of the environment on human growth.

  3. Discuss the application of a broad range of psychological theories to planning, learning and development of activites with children (birth to six years of age).

  4. Demonstrate and critically evaluate theories of language acquisition, thinking and intelligence.

  5. Discuss the application of theory to practice to alleviate stress and promote coping with special regard accorded to smooth, successful transitions entering and leaving the ECEC setting.

  6. Demonstrate the importance of close observation of children's development within the ECEC setting.

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