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Human Development

This course focuses on understanding, teaching,and meeting the needs of children and adolescents through emerging adulthood. The interactions between physical growth and social, emotional, and cogntive development will be an organizing focus in the course. Participants will analyze critically different developmental theories in relation to their own educational settings and experience. Participants explore the social and educational implications of a wide range of learning and behavioral variations in the context of family, school lives, community and society. Issues related to identity--self and other, dependence and autonomy, race, class, gender, language, religion, sexuality, power, ability, and disability--will be recurring themes. Participants will investigate topics and issues through a combination of readings, observations, interviews, case studies and discussion. (Pending approval of the Curriculum Committee.)