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Fundamentals of Childhood and Youth Studies

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Fundamentals of Childhood and Youth Studies
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  • This 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
    • Consider 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.

    Having an official Alison document is a great way to celebrate and share your success. It is:

    • Ideal to include with CVs, job applications and portfolios
    • A way to show your ability to learn and achieve high results

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