Child Development: Family and Community Contexts
|Course code EDUC6667||Units 10||Level 6000||Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education|
This course examines the nature of family and community influences on the development of children and those with sensory disability in particular. The rationale for early intervention through family-centred practice is discussed and characteristics of effective parent-professional partnerships /collaboration explored. Students will consider family systems, cultural diversity, and the role of parent education and guidance as a basis for promoting optimal outcomes for children with a sensory disability.
RIDBC Renwick Centre administers this course. Before enrolling in this course, review the RIDBC Renwick Centre Handbook at http://www.ridbc.org.au/renwick/courses/current.php.
Available in 2015
|Objectives||Upon completion of this course, students will be expected to:|
1. Command a working knowledge of the social-emotional and cognitive continua of child development;
2. Identify and apply a range of strategies to support and guide parents/families in promoting a child's optimal development;
3. Reflect on, and develop as necessary, the personal skills required to work collaboratively with parents/families and interdisciplinary teams.
|Content||Topics will include:|
- Overview - wholistic development: birth-12 months;
- Overview - wholistic development 1-3 years;
- Social-emotional and cognitive development: preschool to school-age(6yrs);
- Social attachment, knowledge and skills : the school-age child;
- Diversity of cultures, perspectives and opinion influencing child development;
- Role of diversity in social, educational & community environments;
- Introduction to additional disabilities and/or learning needs;
- Family systems theory – boundaries and roles;
- Impact of sensory disability on family life – functioning and coping mechanisms;
- Introduction to family counselling techniques - help-giving & advocacy skills;
- Parent-professional partnership and interdisciplinary team collaboration;
- Introduction to family-centered practice - coaching & guidance techniques;
- Impact of culture, language & lifestyle on service approach, delivery and guidance.
|Assumed Knowledge||No prior knowledge assumed.|
|Modes of Delivery||Distance Learning : IT Based|
|Teaching Methods||Self Directed Learning|
|Contact Hours||Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term|
Self Directed Learning: for 9 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
|Timetables||2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6667|