BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

AECL-151 - Developmental Pathways I - 3.00 Credits

AECL-151 - Developmental Pathways I - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course focuses on growth and development from conception through toddlerhood. Learners who successfully complete this course will be able to apply knowledge of prenatal, infant, and toddler development to Aboriginal and mainstream ECE settings. Aboriginal beliefs and child rearing practices regarding children aged birth to two are explored. Emphasis is placed on genetic and environmental factors that may influence the holistic development of the child. Foundational and contemporary research related to child development is covered.
Part of the:
  • Prerequisites : Admission to the program
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week.
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50-70%, Final 30-50%, Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
  • Discuss contemporary and traditional Aboriginal childrearing practices for infants and toddlers.

  • Specify the indicators for risk in prenatal, infant, and toddler development and discuss how these affect both mainstream and Aboriginal communities. (A-1)

  • Explain the importance of understanding child development when planning developmentally appropriate programs.

  • List the milestones and stages of development for the prenatal, infant, and toddler periods.

  • Identify environmental and genetic risk factors that influence prenatal, infant, and toddler development and recognize how they affect children in Aboriginal and mainstream communities.

  • Justify the need for a holistic perspective in child development and describe key concepts related to social, physical, intellectual, creative, emotional, spiritual, and cultural development.

  • Locate current research in prenatal, infant, and toddler development; such as, brain-based development.

  • Discuss cross cultural (including Aboriginal) perspectives in prenatal, infant, and toddler development.

  • Display an awareness of a-typical development and the implications of early detection during the prenatal, infant, and toddler stages of development.

  • Differentiate amongst philosophers and their perspective theories related to prenatal, infant, and toddler development.

  • Evaluate a range of historic and current theoretical approaches and philosophies to understanding prenatal, infant, and toddler development.

  • Discuss traditional Aboriginal birthing practices and contemporary birthing practices.

  • Explore the role of temperament and abilities in the developmental process.

  • Discuss the rights of infants in toddlers to participate in decisions that affect them to their maximum developmental capacity.

  • Discuss the concept of basic systems theory as well as the structure, function, subsystems and boundaries of systems in relation to working with infants, toddlers, young children, and families.

  • Explain the importance of observing, monitoring, and recording the developmental progress of each infant and toddler in a non-judgmental way.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Charlesworth, Rosalind. Understanding Child Development. Current Edition. Belmont, CA. USA. Wadsworth Cangage Learning.
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Education Council approved October 31, 2012.