BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

AECL-161 - Developmental Pathways II - 3.00 Credits

AECL-161 - Developmental Pathways II - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
Preschool and School-aged Child Development focuses on the growth and development of children aged 3 to 11. Students who successfully complete this course will have the ability to apply knowledge of preschool and school-aged child development to Aboriginal and mainstream ECE settings. Aboriginal beliefs and child rearing practices regarding children aged 3 to 11 are explored. Issues related to the development of children aged 3 to 11 are discussed from the perspective of the Aboriginal community. Emphasis is placed on genetic and environmental factors that 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:
  • Evaluate a range of historic and current theoretical approaches to studying the development of children aged 3 to 11.

  • Identify environmental and genetic risk factors that influence children aged 3 to 11 and discuss how these affect both mainstream and Aboriginal communities.

  • Discuss cross cultural (including Aboriginal) perspectives in the development of children aged 3 to 11.

  • Justify the need for a holistic perspective in child development and describe key concepts related to holistic development of the child aged 3 to 11.

  • Distinguish between typical and atypical development and the implications of early detection of atypical development in the child aged 3-11 years.

  • Identify individual learning and communication styles and Aboriginal ways of knowing and explain their effects on school progress and performance for the child aged 5 to 11.

  • Recognize the value of traditional Aboriginal child rearing practices for children aged 3 to 11.

  • Describe how trauma and stress affect the development of young children.

  • Discuss issues related to the development of children aged 3 to 11 from the perspective of the Aboriginal community.

  • Explain why inclusive environments and respect for diversity are necessary for both mainstream and Aboriginal ECE programs.

  • Recognize that children develop at their own rate and define developmentally appropriate practice. From this recognition, develop a personal perspective on child growth and development to guide practice.

  • Discuss child development as part of ongoing lifespan development.

  • Define social, emotional, physical, cognitive, language and cultural development and discuss various Aboriginal perspectives related to this development.

  • Discuss the holistic and interdependent nature of growth and development.
  • 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.