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Diploma in Children's Studies Free Course

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  • Description
  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • Children from birth to the age of 18 are now considered academically to represent a distinct sociological and cultural class. This means that children are studied as complete individuals in their own right, separate and distinct from adults.

    Alison's free online course is multi-disciplinary in nature, covering developmental, psychological, familial and sociological aspects of children's studies. It begins by reviewing the psychological development of children and how they learn, then looks at the role of the family and the place of the child within modern family structures.

    The sociological aspects of children’s studies review how the modern state looks after the well-being of its children in a modern society.

    Alison’S Diploma in Children’s Studies will be of great interest to all professionals who work with children or who are responsible for their well-being, and to learners who would like a career working with children in the health, social or caring professions.

    It will also be of interest to parents, or those who want to relate, support, encourage and understand their children better.

  • On completion of this course you will be familiar with the major theoretical perspectives and theories of development of children and youth. You 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 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;
    - Demonstrate your understanding of the importance of negotiating the meaning of care relationships;
    - Identify ways in which people play the roles of ‘carer’ and ‘receiver of care’ ;
    - Review the skills needed to be an effective social worker;
    - Examine the range of factors affecting young people’s well-being.

  • 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 share your success. Plus it’s:

    • Ideal for including in CVs, job applications and portfolios
    • 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( 27 )
  • DIPLOMA IN CHILDREN'S STUDIES
  • SECTION 1: THE DEVELOPING CHILD
  • 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 2: Exploring Children's Learning - Reading Materials
    • Applied behavioural analysis and autism
    • Egocentric speech
    • Learning through modeling
    • Piaget's stages
  • Module 3: 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 4: The Role of Play in Children's Learning - Reading Materials
    • Activity sheet
    • New research spurs debate on early brain development
    • Interview with Renate Caine
    • Making connections how children learn
    • Overview of brain-based learning
  • Module 5: Children's Rights and Participation
    • Introduction
    • Children's rights - General issues
    • Children's participation
  • Module 6: Children's Rights and Participation - Reading Material
    • Participation and involvement
    • The philosophical basis of participation
    • The emergence of children’s participation
    • Putting participation into practice
    • References
  • Module 7: The Developing Child - Assessment
    • Assessments
  • SECTION 2: THE CHILD AND FAMILY
  • Module 8: What Do We Mean By Family?
    • Introduction to Family
    • Why family meanings - Part 1
    • Why family meanings - Part 2
    • Can we define what we mean by ‘family’ - Part 1
    • Can 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 9: What Do We Mean By Family? - Reading Materials
    • Ivor Gaber - Working up a sweat
    • Jaber Gubrium and James Holstein - What is family?
    • David Morgan -Defining family
  • Module 10: 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 11: Parenting and Toddlers - Reading Materials
    • Aspects of teaching and learning
    • Adult-child interaction
    • Toddlers guided participation
    • Cognitive socialisation
    • Dialogue and the Development of Children's Thinking - Synopsis
  • Module 12: 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 13: Involving the Family - Reading Materials
    • Assisting children's reading
    • New futures for Travellers
    • Rhetoric and research in family literacy
  • Module 14: Caring - A Family Affair
    • Caring - A family affair
    • Informal carers
    • Defining terms
    • Young carers
    • Care a loaded word
    • Care labels
  • Module 15: Caring - A Family Affair - Reading Materials
    • Caring in families
  • Module 16: The Child and Family - Assessment
    • Assessments
  • SECTION 3: PROTECTING THE CHILD
  • Module 17: Introduction to Social Work
    • Introduction to Social Work
    • Key Roles of Social Work
    • Case Study: The Durrants
    • Case Study: The Durrants Audio File Part 1
    • Case Study: The Durrants Audio File Part 2
    • Individuals and Communities
  • The Durrants Family - Transcript of Audio
  • Module 18: Responding to Children's Needs
    • Responding to Children's Needs
    • Parenting Capacity
    • Case Study: The Palmer Family
    • Case Study: The Palmer Family Audio File 1
    • Case Study: The Palmer Family Audio File 2
  • The Palmer Family - Transcript of Audio
  • Module 19: Young People's Wellbeing - Working with Young People
    • Introduction
    • 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 20: Young People's Wellbeing - Reading Materials
    • Job advertisements - Part 1
    • Job advertisements - Part 2
    • Job advertisements - Part 3
  • Module 21: Components of Good Practice - Knowledge
    • Components of Good Practice - Knowledge
    • Biographical Work
    • Crisis Intervention
    • Social Sciences and Law
  • Module 22: Components of Good Practice - Social Work Process
    • Social Work Process Assessment
    • Three Models of Assessment
    • Assessment Stages
    • Social Work Process Deciding on Outcomes
    • Social Work Process Planning
    • Social Work Process Intervention
    • Social Work Process Evaluation
  • Module 23: Components of Good Practice - Values and Ethics
    • Values and Ethics
    • Anti-Oppressive Practice
    • Codes of Practice
    • Professionalism
  • Module 24: Components of Good Practice: Social Worker Skills - Using the Senses
    • Using the Senses: Listening and Talking
    • Using the Senses: Observing
    • Using the Senses: Feelings
  • Module 25: Protecting the Child
    • Protecting the Child - Part 1
    • Protecting the Child - Part 2
    • Protecting the Child: Inside Social Services - Part 1
    • Protecting the Child: Inside Social Services - Part 2
    • Protecting the Child: Inside Social Services - Part 3
  • Module 26: Protecting the Child - Assessment
    • Protecting the Child Assessment
  • SECTION 4: END OF COURSE ASSESSMENT
  • Module 27: Diploma in Children's Studies - End of Course Assessment
    • Assessment
  • SECTION 5: REFERENCES
  • References
Topics List ( 9 )
Module 1: Exploring Children's Learning
In this module the four theories of children's learning are explored: behaviourism, social learning, constructivism and social constructivism.
Topics List ( 4 )
Module 2: Exploring Children's Learning - Reading Materials
Exploring Children's Learning - Reading Materials
Topics List ( 6 )
Module 3: 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 ( 5 )
Module 4: The Role of Play in Children's Learning - Reading Materials
The Role of Play in Children's Learning - Reading Materials
Topics List ( 3 )
Module 5: 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 ( 5 )
Module 6: Children's Rights and Participation - Reading Material
Children's Rights and Participation - Reading Material
Topics List ( 1 )
Module 7: The Developing Child - Assessment
You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
Topics List ( 3 )
Module 9: What Do We Mean By Family? - Reading Materials
What Do We Mean By Family? - Reading Materials
Topics List ( 4 )
Module 12: 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 13: Involving the Family - Reading Materials
Involving the Family - Reading Materials
Topics List ( 6 )
Module 14: Caring - A Family Affair
This module examines care relationships within modern famlily structures.
Topics List ( 1 )
Module 15: Caring - A Family Affair - Reading Materials
Caring - A Family Affair - Reading Materials
Topics List ( 1 )
Module 16: The Child and Family - Assessment
You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
Topics List ( 6 )
Module 17: Introduction to Social Work
This module will review the skills needed to be a social worker, and what social workers do.
Topics List ( 5 )
Module 18: Responding to Children's Needs
This module examines how best to respond to children's needs.
Topics List ( 3 )
Module 20: Young People's Wellbeing - Reading Materials
Young People's Wellbeing - Reading Materials
Topics List ( 4 )
Module 21: Components of Good Practice - Knowledge
This module will review some of the skills needed to be an effective social worker.
Topics List ( 7 )
Module 22: Components of Good Practice - Social Work Process
This module will review some of the skills needed to be an effective social worker.
Topics List ( 4 )
Module 23: Components of Good Practice - Values and Ethics
This module will review some of the skills needed to be an effective social worker.
Topics List ( 3 )
Module 24: Components of Good Practice: Social Worker Skills - Using the Senses
This module will review some of the skills needed to be an effective social worker.
Topics List ( 5 )
Module 25: Protecting the Child
In this module you will see videos of social workers who work as child protection officers in Bristol Social Services in the UK.
Topics List ( 1 )
Module 26: Protecting the Child - Assessment
You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
Topics List ( 1 )
Module 27: Diploma in Children's Studies - End of Course Assessment
You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
Course Features
  • Duration

    10-15 Hours

  • Publisher

    OpenLearn

  • Video

    No

  • Audio

    No

  • Assessment

    Yes

  • Certification

    Yes

  • Price

    Free

  • Reward

    250 Pts

  • Responsive

    No

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