Theories of Child Development discussion

In this course, you have explored classic theories of child development while investigating emerging theories in the field. In this final assignment, you will reflect on the knowledge and skills you have acquired in the course by offering your perspectives on a set of guiding questions.

Course Objectives  Explain classic developmental theories relevant to early childhood education and the application to actual educational settings.  Develop a working knowledge of typical developmental stages from infancy to early childhood across multiple domains of development.  Identify typical patterns of cognition based upon classic developmental theories.  Relate genetics and environmental factors on the developmental sequence for individual children.  Describe developmentally and age-appropriate practice in relation to developmental needs of children.  Apply research-based theories to classroom practices relevant to early childhood classrooms.  Demonstrate an understanding of constructivist methods in relation to cognitive development.

Directions: 1) Save and print the Module 5 Reflection PDF. 2) Create a three-page paper in a Word or text document for your response. Use 12-point Arial or Times New Roman font. 3) Use APA (6th edition) format for the title page, references page, and in-text citations. 4) Use the questions to guide your response:  How will your understanding of developmental theory and stages guide your interactions in an early childhood educational setting?  What elements of early childhood education do you feel are essential to provide within a quality care program? 5) Follow the directions to submit your final Word or text document.