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Fundamentals of Childhood and Youth Studies

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Children and the youth are at the centre of policymaking across the world. Educational institutions, as well as pediatric health facilities, rely on people who understand core development theories. This course covers important concepts and theories regarding how children and adolescents learn and behave according to their stage of development. This knowledge will be of great benefits for health professionals, educators, and of course, parents.
  • Duration

    3-4 Hours
  • Assessment

    Yes
  • Certification

    Yes
  • Publisher

    OpenLearn

Description

Outcome

Certification

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Children and the youth don’t learn the same way as adults. This course is aimed towards helping educational and health professionals (as well as parents) to understand how children of different ages process learning. This course will also overview the main factors affecting child behavior. You will learn effective methodologies on how to improve information absorption and develop teaching strategies appropriate for their stage of development. In addition to this, you will also learn how to address the specific needs of children of different ages.

Next, the course will teach you the most essential emerging theories in child development. You will be given a strong overview of core definitions in these theories and learn about the value of play in child development. You will then review debates about key concepts relevant to the study of families and personal relationships. Next, you will be given a thorough understanding of models for involving parents and carers in children's literacy acquisition. Finally, you will learn about how children's early experiences with their parents/caregivers, siblings and peers contribute to the learning of new skills and problem-solving techniques.

By the end of this course, you will have gained practical knowledge of how to adapt existing theories of child development to your parenting or professional life. This will really improve your performance in your career as an educator, health professional, or policymaker. It will also give you a great boost as a parent, along with the confidence of knowing you are acting on the basis of strong scientific knowledge. So check out the course today, and gain important and useful knowledge for life.

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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 enrol, study and complete. To successfully complete this Certificate course and become an Alison Graduate, you need to achieve 80% or higher in each course assessment. Once you have completed this Certificate course, you have the option to acquire official Certification, which is a great way to share your achievement with the world. Your Alison Certification is:

Ideal for sharing with potential employers - include it in your CV, professional social media profiles and job applications
An indication of your commitment to continuously learn, upskill and achieve high results
An incentive for you to continue empowering yourself through lifelong learning

Alison offers 3 types of Certification for completed Certificate courses:

Digital Certificate - a downloadable Certificate in PDF format, immediately available to you when you complete your purchase
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All Certification is available to purchase through the Alison Shop. For more information on purchasing Alison Certification, please visit our faqs. If you decide not to purchase your Alison Certification, you can still demonstrate your achievement by sharing your Learner Record or Learner Achievement Verification, both of which are accessible from your Dashboard. For more details on our Certification pricing, please visit our Pricing Page.

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Course Reviews

Leonie B.
one year ago
ZA
Leonie B.

Very Educational

Sarah W.
2 years ago
GB
Sarah W.

Good course to study, informative

Tessa S.
2 years ago
US
Tessa S.

Great course! Easy to comprehend,fun content to learn! Take this course!

Adebimpe A.
2 years ago
NG
Adebimpe A.

Great way to learn.

Sharon G.
2 years ago
NG
Sharon G.

Educative, insightful and interesting. I learned a lot about children from their early childhood years to being youths. Nice one.

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