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ED 527 Growth and Development of Children and Adolescents
Hunt, David Scott

ED527 Growth and Development of Children and Adolescents

Fall II, 2005 (F2 PO3)

Instructor: David Hunt, Adjunct Professor

Office: Blackburn Elementary

            17302 R.D. Mize Rd.

            Independence, MO 64057

Office Hours:       Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30

Contact Info: (816) 478-2500,;

(816) 796-1042

Class Dates: October 26 – December 14, 2005; Wednesdays, 5:00-9:30 PM

Credit Hours – 3




The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.




Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learner within the global society.




A developmental approach to the study of growth and development of children and adolescents. This course explores the cognitive, personality, emotional, social and physical changes that occur in children from conception through adolescents. It will review research on how children learn, solve problems and function in home and school environments.




The instructor’s role is to provide students with the opportunity to collaboratively interact in researching, presenting, discussing and applying information related to the course objectives. The instructor will provide a variety of learning and assessment opportunities including- writings, dialogues, quizzes, readings, lectures, examinations, videos and web sites.




  1. Demonstrate knowledge of prenatal development.
  2. Analyze issues that may delay growth and development children in the post natal stage of development.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the stages of physical and motor development.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of intellectual and cognitive development.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of language development.
  6. Compare and contrast social and emotional development.
  7. Analyze peer relationships and their effects on development at all stages.




Child Development- a Thematic Approach- Fifth Edition by Danuta Bukatko and Marvin W. Daehler




Academic honesty is required of all members of a learning community.  Hence, Park University will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers, and other course assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from the university.




Plagiarism, the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work, sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance.  This does not make it less serious.  Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their course faculty member.




Professors are required to keep attendance records and report absences.  Excused absences can be granted by the instructor for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands including temporary duty.  The student is responsible for all the missed work.  Absences in excess of four (4) class periods in a 16-week semester (or 2 in an 8-week term) will be reported to the Dean or Director of the individual graduate program for appropriate action.  Any student failing to attend classes for two consecutive weeks, without approved excuse, will be institutionally withdrawn (unofficially withdrawn) and notified by mail that an “F” will be recorded unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the course.  At the beginning of each course professors will announce the date and time of the final examination.


Plan to attend all class sessions.  In the event of an unavoidable absence, and with prior notice and approval from the facilitator, the student may substitute an individual project or paper for work missed in class.  To receive full credit, however, the project or paper must be closely related to the course content and/or learner outcomes covered during the student’s absence.




This course is designed to emphasize the application of knowledge and dispositions through structured performances requiring the student to read, analyze, and respond to a variety of educational situations.  The articulation of ideas through verbal and written discourse is paramount in maximizing learning outcomes.  Hence, all assigned work is expected to be completed in a timely fashion.  A grade reduction of 20% will be assigned for late work.  The instructor may make modifications to these requirements for unique and/or extenuating circumstances.





Participation - Student attendance and participation is essential in achieving maximum learning.  It is generally expected that students will attend all scheduled class sessions and to contribute to the classroom learning environment.  However, it is recognized that occasions do arise that necessitate being absent from a class.  Students are responsible for making prior arrangements regarding a necessary absence and for completing any alternative assignments.  (80 points)


Weekly Reflections- Each student should submit a weekly reflection starting with week two. The reflection journal is to be submitted each class period and should include the student’s reaction to course activities (subject matter, discussions, comments, presentations, etc.) that occurred the preceding week. They should not be simply an accounting of course activities, but should include comments related to learning and instructional methodology. Each week’s reflection should be approximately one typed double spaced page in length. These are personal reflections. They are what you think and believe related to what you are learning. Whereas your comments are your personal beliefs and reactions, they will be assessed based on how they related to the previous weeks activities, not on the positions taken. (7 @ 10 points each = 70 points)


Chapter Presentation - Each student will be responsible for presenting an outline for one chapter and presenting the outline to the class. The student will also guide the discussion of the chapter with the class. (100 points)


Research Paper on Drugs and Vitamins- Prepare a list of all drugs (prescription, over the counter, alcohol, tobacco) and vitamins that you have ingested in the month of October. Pick one of the drugs or vitamins you have ingested for research. Prepare a written report on the possible effects the chosen item could have on an unborn child. Information on drugs and vitamins can be found on prescription medication information sheets, on boxes or labels on over the counter medications, by calling the local poison control line, by inquiring at the web site of the company that produces the drug or vitamin. Be prepared to share the information you learn during your research on October 29th. (50 points)


Report on Post Natal Issue- Prepare a report to be discussed on November 12th about a post-natal issue that may result in a delay in growth and development. (40 points)


Article Review- Each student will find 2 articles dealing with any aspect of the class that is of personal interest to them. A summary of the article will be presented in class with a discussion to follow led by the presenter. (50 points each)


Play Observation and Report- You may observe infants, pre-school children or school age children for 20 to 30 minutes. For all groups indicate the age and sex of the children, as well as, where you did the observation. Be prepared to discuss this on December 3rd. (50 points)




Infants- Determine if the infants are involved in solitary, parallel or cooperative play. Observe and record how long they are able to attend to a play task and what causes them to lose interest. Also record an instance of fussing or crying and attempt to determine the cause of the problem. Based on your knowledge of normal development, did the infants you observed have play skills expected for their age?


Pre-Schoolers- Determine if the pre-schoolers are involved in imitation and reciprocal interactive play. Did any one child attempt to regulate the behavior of another: Was any aggression noted during the observation: Based on your knowledge of normal development, did the preschoolers you observed have play skill expected for their age?


School Aged Children- Was there rough and tumble play during the observation? If so, what was the sex of the children involved in that type of play? Was there much dialog among the children? If so, what was it about? Was it about the actual activity or was it fantasy and make-believe? Based on your knowledge of normal development, did the infants you observed have play skills expected for their age?



Final Exam - The student will demonstrate his/her personal knowledge, disposition, and performance related to school and community issues through his/her response to a series of multiple choice, short answer and essay questions.  (100points)




Participation                    160

Chapter Presentation      100

Weekly Reflections         60

Drug Research Report     50

Post Natal issue               40

Article Reviews             100

Play Observation             50

Final Exam                      100

Total                               660


594 - 660 – A

528 - 593 – B

462 - 527 – C

396 - 461 – D

    0 - 395 – F




Students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom or interferes with the learning of other students will be subject to disciplinary action ranging from dismissal from the classroom to expulsion from Park University.  Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending the class under influence of drugs or alcohol, excessive tardiness, and excessive absences.









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Session (1) – October 26th

1.      Get acquainted activities

2.      Reading assignment and discussion chapters 1 and 2

3.      Review of course syllabus

4.      Discussion of prenatal development

5.      Assignment of chapters for presentations


Session (2) – November 2nd


1.      Reading Assignment and presentation of chapters 3 and 4

2.      Discussion on Research paper on Drugs and Vitamins

3.      Weekly Reflection #1 due


Session (3) – November 9th


1.      Reading Assignment and presentation of chapter 5

2.      Weekly Reflection #2 due

3.      Article Discussions


Session (4) – November 16th

1.      Reading Assignment and presentation of chapters 8 and 9

2.      Presentation of reports on post natal issues

3.      Weekly Reflection #3 due

  1. Article Discussions





Sessions 5 – November 23rd


1.      Reading Assignment and presentation of chapters 10 and 11

2.      Weekly Reflection #4 due

  1. Article Discussions



Sessions 6 – November 30th


1.      Reading Assignment and presentation of chapters 7

2.      Weekly Reflection #5 due

3.      Article Discussions



Sessions 7 – December 7


1.      Reading Assignment and presentation of chapters 15 and 16

2.      Discussion of play observations

3.      review for the final

4.      Weekly Reflection #6 due

5.      Article Discussions




Sessions 8 – December 14th


1.      Final examination

2.      Weekly Reflection #7 due

3.      Course Evaluation



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