Fundamentals of Childhood and Youth Studies
This free online course was developed in response to the emerging importance of children and youth in international development policy. The course will give the learner a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of development from the early years right through to adolescence. The course will deal with questions such as: What makes young people tick? What shapes and influences a child's development? How can the adults who work with children support them more effectively? After completion of the course, learners will be familiar with the major theories on the development of children. This course will be of great interest to professionals already in health, care or development professions, to learners who are planning a career that centres on youth, and will also be beneficial to parents, carers, and learners who are interested in studying issues related to children and adolescents.
Improve your knowledge of child and youth development
On completion of this course learners will be familiar with the major theoretical perspectives and theories of development of children and youths. Learners should be able to; - Critically evaluate theories of development, - Considered definitions and value of play, - Engage with and review debates about selected key concepts relevant to the study of families and personal relationships, - Identify connections between concepts and the themes they raise for research and for social policy, - Understand models for involving parents and carers in children's literacy acquisition, - Demonstrate how individual, environmental and structural factors can have an impact on parenting, - Discuss how children's early experiences with their parents/caregivers, siblings and peers contribute to the learning of new skills and problem-solving techniques
- Module 1: Exploring Children's Learning
- Module 2: The Role of Play in Children's Learning
- Module 3: What Do We Mean By Family?
- Module 4: Involving the Family in Supporting Pupil's Literacy Learning
- Module 5: Parenting and Toddlers - Teaching and Learning at Home
- Module 6: Children's Rights and Participation
- Module 7: Young People's Wellbeing - Working with Young People
- Module 8: Childhood and Youth Studies Assessment