“In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth?”
In this course, students get a chance to apply what they have learned in the child growth and development course. Students have the opportunity to experiment with strategies and explore how to build supportive, trusting relationships with children. This is the first in a series of classes within the Child Development Department that challenges students to put theory into practice. Students will be asked to reflect on the foundations of their beliefs about children and teaching. Through weekly lab sessions in the Child Development Laboratory, students will implement developmentally appropriate strategies with children, reflect on their professional practice, hone their skills in working with other adults, and examine how to support individual children’s learning. Students will explore how to develop professional relationships with children and other adults in ways that will foster growth and on-going development. Seminar meetings will provide students with an opportunity to engage with one another and the content of the course in a dynamic way. Through discussion, presentation and analysis, students will examine several theoretical approaches to building relationships with and supporting children, including cognitive development, humanist, behavioral and social goals approaches.