Child Psychology Courses
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Accredited Diploma in Child Psychology Course Syllabus Modules
Child Psychology Course Contents
1. What exactly is child psychology?
- What it is, and what it isn't.
- The big names in child psychology, from Freud to Piaget.
- A quick look at the major theories
2. The First Year
- How babies develop.
- Milestones in a baby's life.
- Infants' needs.
- Infant states, such as sleeping and inactivity.
- How to soothe a distressed baby.
- How infants see depth. Their use of the mouth.
- The social smile.
3. How children form bonds, and why that's important
- Imprinting. Surrogate mothers.
- What happens when there's no attachment?
- Separation and loss.
- The effect of praise and criticism.
- Children in institutions.
- Bed wetting.
4. How can we test our theories of child psychology?
- How experiments work.
- How to design an investigation.
- What is a hypothesis, and why is it important?
- How do we test a hypothesis?
- All about variables, and how to control them.
- Making sure your samples are right.
5. How we learn to see
- How we learn to judge depth and height.
- How the eye and brain work.
- Famous experiments.
6. How children learn to talk and communicate
- The spoken word, voice and gestures.
- How we compare with apes.
7. Are some children really smarter than others? And if so, in what way?
- How do we define intelligence?
- How you can test a child's intelligence.
- Problems with IQ testing.
- Is it nature or nurture?
- Tests on twins separated at birth.
- Scandals and controversies associated with IQ.
- Cultural bias.
8. How we do research in child psychology
- The main types of research. How to collect data.
- How reliable is the data?
- How to present your data: tables and graphs.
- How to interpret your findings.
- What conclusions can you draw?
9. How do we know what children think, and how they reason?
- How children perceive the world.
- Experiments to discover what children think.
10. How children learn
- Are children conditioned by their upbringing?
- And from whom do we learn - our friends, parents or school?
- How can we help them attain their goals.
11. Children' personalities
- Are there specific types of personality?
- We examine some theories.
12. Are children moral or immoral?
- How we define morality.
- Do children attain a moral sense?
- How you can tell?
- How we test moral behaviour and judgement.
13. Are boys and girls really different? And if so, is that innate? Or do we make them so?
- Is it biology, social environment or the culture?
- How to help free a child from stereotyping.
14. Why do children get aggressive?
- Is it nature? What's the psychology behind aggression?
- Do children learn aggression?
- TV and video violence.
- Do children imitate others?
- Are girls less aggressive?
- How do we reduce aggression?
15. Boys and girls come out to play
- Why play is important.
- What do they learn from playing?
- Play in nursery school.
- Play therapy.
16. The family
- Who plays what role in the family?
- How adult behaviour affects children.
- Parenting styles.
- Working mothers - does it have an effect?
- Absent fathers.
- How do sisters and brothers affect the child?
17. Going to school
- What happens to the child at school?
- How they learn at school.
- Different types of learning - what kind of learning suits different children?
- The stages of a child's learning.
- Peer groups.
- How children learn (and sometime fail) to socialise, and how to help them.
- School phobia.
18 & 19. The writing's on the wall: children's behaviour, good and bad.
- Challenging, problematic and anti-social behaviour.
- Why it happens
- How children learn.
- Why children push boundaries, and how adults can deal with that.
- How we can affect children's behaviour.
- Educational psychology.
- Diagnosing problems.
- Dealing with gifted children.
- Supporting children with special needs.
- Sexual abuse.
20. What's next? Working in child psychology
- How to get work in child psychology.
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