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2023-2024 College Catalog 
2023-2024 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

CDA 155 - Understanding How Children Learn and Develop

1 Credits, 1 Contact Hours
1 lecture period 0 lab periods

Exploration of the cognitive learning progression of children birth through age 8. Includes introduction of various theorists, ways children learn, and the family and community influences and support toward a child’s learning and the teacher’s role.

Information: All CDA courses require college-level reading and writing.
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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain how children learn cognitively, as discussed by various theorists (NAEYC 1a, 1b).
  2. Develop a plan using the different domains that provides activities for young children to achieve positive learning outcomes (NAEYC 1a, 1b, 4c, 5c).
  3. Evaluate family and community influences that have an impact on how children learn (NAEYC 1b, 2a, 3b).
  4. Create ways for parents and the community to support children’s learning (NAEYC 2a, 2b, 2c).
  5. Identify the role of the teacher in the child’s learning environment (NAEYC 1c, 6a, 6d).

  1. Cognitive Development Theories/Theorists

A.   Historical foundations

B.   Key theorists and their ideas

  1. Skill Concept Plan Development
    1. Domains of learning
      1. Physical learning
      2. Social learning
      3. Emotional learning
      4. Cognitive learning
    2. Experience
    3. Natural curiosity
  2. Family and Community Influences
    1. Family traditions
    2. Communication
    3. Socioeconomic considerations
    4. Ethnic considerations
  3. Support for Children’s Learning
    1. Parents
    2. Community
  4. Teacher’s Role
    1. Facilitator
    2. Observer
    3. Recorder
    4. Evaluator

Effective Term:
Full Academic Year 2018/19