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Fundamentals of Childhood and Youth Studies

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Fundamentals of Childhood and Youth Studies
  • Description
  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • 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.

  • 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

  • All Alison courses are free to study. To successfully complete a course you must score 80% or higher in each course assessments. Upon successful completion of a course, you can choose to make your achievement formal by purchasing an official Alison Diploma, Certificate or PDF.

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    • An indication of your ability to learn and achieve high results
    • An incentive to continue to empower yourself through learning
    • A tangible way of supporting the Alison mission to empower people everywhere through education.

Modules List( 8 )
  • FUNDAMENTALS OF CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH STUDIES
  • Module 1: Exploring Children's Learning
    • Introduction to Child Development
    • Behaviourism- Part 1
    • Behaviourism- Part 2
    • Social Learning Theory- Part 1
    • Social Learning Theory- Part 2
    • Constructivism- Part 1
    • Constructivism- Part 2
    • Social Constructivism- Part 1
    • Social Constructivism- Part 2
  • Module 1: Extra Reading Materials
  • Module 2: The Role of Play in Children's Learning
    • Introduction to play
    • What is play and why do we value it- Part 1
    • What is play and why do we value it- Part 2
    • Play, learning and the brain- Part 1
    • Play, learning and the brain- Part 2
    • Dilemmas and questions
  • Module 2: Extra Reading Materials
  • Module 3: What Do We Mean By Family?
    • Introduction
    • Why family meanings- Part 1
    • Why family meanings- Part 2
    • Can we, and should we, define what we mean by 'family'?- Part 1
    • Can we, and should we, define what we mean by 'family'?- Part 2
    • Do family meanings matter- Part 1
    • Do family meanings matter- Part 2
    • Is work in the home shared today?
    • Changing family forms
  • Module 3: Extra Reading Materials
  • Module 4: Involving the Family in Supporting Pupil's Literacy Learning
    • Introduction- Involving the family in supporting pupils' literacy learning
    • The family and literacy
    • Identifying theoretical models of parent–school partnerships
    • Family literacy
  • Module 4: Extra Reading Materials
  • Module 5: Parenting and Toddlers - Teaching and Learning at Home
    • Introduction
    • Parenting
    • What makes for quality parenting?
    • Why might help be required with parenting?
    • Teaching and learning relationships in early childhood
    • Cognitive socialization and 'good tuition'- Part 1
    • Cognitive socialization and 'good tuition'- Part 2
    • The nature of effective instruction- Part 1
    • The nature of effective instruction-Part 2
  • Module 5: Extra Reading Materials
  • Module 6: Children's Rights and Participation
    • Introduction
    • Children's rights- General issues
    • Children's participation
  • Module 6: Extra Reading Material
  • Module 7: Young People's Wellbeing - Working with Young People
    • Introduction- Module overview
    • Frameworks for understanding young people's wellbeing- Part 1
    • Frameworks for understanding young people's wellbeing- Part 2
    • Diverse and unequal experiences
    • Promoting wellbeing- Part 1
    • Promoting wellbeing- Part 2
    • Thinking about roles
    • Characters- the Ally and the ‘Emotional worker’
    • Characters- the Catalyst, the Mentor and the Advocate
    • Characters- The facilitator and the supervisor
    • Philosophies
    • Understanding roles
    • Roles in a wider context
  • Module 7: Extra Reading Materials
  • References
  • COURSE ASSESSMENT
  • Module 8: Childhood and Youth Studies Assessment
    • Assessments
Topics List ( 9 )
Module 1: Exploring Children's Learning
In this module the four ‘grand theories’ of child development are explored: behaviourism, social learning, constructivism and social constructivism.
Topics List ( 6 )
Module 2: The Role of Play in Children's Learning
This module will help you to assess the importance of spontaneous play and socialising in the playground as well as looking at the value of play and the varying attitudes that adults have towards the activity
Topics List ( 4 )
Module 4: Involving the Family in Supporting Pupil's Literacy Learning
This module examines the importance of the relationship between the family and literacy.
Topics List ( 3 )
Module 6: Children's Rights and Participation
This module will help you to understand the issues surrounding children's rights as well as examining the implications of seeing children as citizens.
Topics List ( 1 )
Module 8: Childhood and Youth Studies Assessment
You must score 80% or more to pass the assessment.
Course Features
  • Duration

    3-4 Hours

  • Publisher

    OpenLearn

  • Video

    Yes

  • Audio

    Yes

  • Assessment

    Yes

  • Certification

    Yes

  • Price

    Free

  • Reward

    50 Pts

  • Responsive

    No

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