INTRODUCING CHILD PSYCHOLOGY
Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development. Studying these changes also tells us a great deal about adult behaviour. In this course, you will be introduced to some of the key questions about childhood: 'What influences children's development?' and 'How do psychologists study the physical and cognitive changes that occur during childhood?' Crucial to answering these questions are DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES - changes in thinking and behaviour that happen to ALL healthy humans in the same order and at similar times.
Child Psychology is the study of the mental, social and emotional development of children from birth through to adolescence. As well as changes in motor skills (movement), it focuses on cognitive development (thinking), language acquisition and how we form our identity. One of the key thinkers in this field (who bizarrely does not feature in this course!) is Jean Piaget.
Another excellent video from Crash Course Psychology
A key issue in Child Psychology is the nature/nurture debate: are children born with some aptitudes and tendencies or is everything learned from the early environment? This is a sensitive topic, because conclusions about childcare influence parenting and teaching as well as working arrangements and the role of women in society.
Crash Course Psychology looks at the effect of early learning on later development
The Edexcel Specification expects you to be able to (AO1) know and understand, (AO2) apply, (AO3) analyse and evaluate the following: