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Physical and Psychosocial Development in Middle Childhood - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Use this chapter to get an overview of the physical growth occurring in children between seven and 12 years of age. You can also explore the psychological effects of such challenges as poverty, emotional or behavioral disorders, culture shock and bullying. Instructors even introduce you to factors shaping children's ability to adjust to these challenges, and discuss influences on their social development, such as school, family and peer relationships. Lessons are designed to teach you about:
- Health and fitness needs for physical development
- Characteristics of Asperger's, autism and ADHD
- Peer relationship patterns and types of non-traditional families
- Symptoms of stress and adjustment problems
- Schools' roles in socialization and multicultural education
|Physical Development in Middle Childhood||Examine the physical growth and motor skill developments that occur in middle childhood.|
|Health and Fitness in Middle Childhood||Assess the importance of health and fitness in middle childhood. Discuss childhood obesity statistics and prevention methods.|
|Bilingual Education, Immersion & Multicultural Education||Explore immersion and bilingual education approaches to second-language learning. Study the characteristics of multicultural education.|
|Emotional & Behavioral Disorders: Autism & Asperger's Syndrome||Differentiate between the characteristics of autism and Asperger's syndrome.|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Definition of ADHD||Study characteristics of ADHD and the instructional techniques designed to mitigate their effects.|
|What Is a Non-Traditional Family? - Definition of Options||Explore types of non-traditional families, including single parenthood, cohabitation, GLBT relationships, polygamy and singlehood.|
|Peer Relationships in Middle Childhood||Understand the development of peer relationships in early childhood. Discuss social conformity and friendship patterns.|
|The Role of School in Children's Social & Emotional Development||Identify the role schools play in children's social and emotional development. Discuss gender differences in achievement and motivation.|
|Stress and Resilience in Middle Childhood||Learn how children respond to stress. Outline factors contributing to resilience in middle childhood.|
|Adjustment Difficulty in Middle Childhood||Survey some of the issues related to adjustment problems in middle childhood, including childhood depression and school phobia.|
|Social Issues in Middle Childhood & Their Effects on Development||Explore some of the major effects of homelessness, poverty, bullying and relational aggression on children's development.|
|Latchkey and Self-Care Children in Middle Childhood||Analyze the benefits and drawbacks of leaving children unattended at home. Discuss the consequences for children and the legal issues surrounding self-care.|
|The Effect of Culture, Socialization & Culture Shock on Education||Discover which educational practices can alleviate the effects of culture shock and facilitate students' social development.|
1. Physical Development in Middle Childhood
Between the ages of seven and twelve, children physically grow and change in ways that influence every part of their lives. In this lesson, we'll look at the ways that physical and brain development impact emotional and intellectual abilities.
2. Health and Fitness in Middle Childhood
The United States is facing a crisis of childhood obesity. But how can we fight this epidemic? Watch this video to learn about how children grow in middle childhood and how fitness and nutrition can help with the problem of obesity.
3. Bilingual Education, Immersion & Multicultural Education
Educators use many approaches for second-language instruction. The approaches vary based on the individual needs of the learner, focusing on his or her current language abilities, background, and cultural experiences. This lesson will differentiate between the different types of second-language instruction, including immersion, bilingual education, and multicultural education.
4. Behavioral Characteristics of Children with Asperger Syndrome
If you have never met a person with Asperger syndrome, you might wonder how they differ from you. In this lesson, we'll explore the behaviors common to people with Asperger and other autism spectrum disorders.
5. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Definition of ADHD
This lesson explores common characteristics of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as well as the best practices for teaching learners with this disorder.
6. What Is a Non-Traditional Family? - Definition of Options
Although traditional families once dominated many neighborhoods, today, there are lots of ways to form a family beyond the traditional idea of a married mother and father raising children.
7. Peer Relationships in Middle Childhood
As children grow, they become more independent of their parents and turn to their peers more often. In this lesson, we'll examine children's evolving concepts of friendship, peer group norms, social conformity, and social comparison.
8. The Role of School in Children's Social & Emotional Development
Every parent knows how much school can influence a child. But in what ways is this influence positive? In this lesson, we'll examine how going to school can impact a child's development, including how children learn from each other and how motivation impacts achievement.
9. Stress and Resilience in Middle Childhood
Childhood can be a stressful time. But what causes children to feel stress, and how can they deal with it? Watch this lesson to find out what factors impact how much stress a child feels, and what properties of resilience allow children to deal with stress.
10. Adjustment Difficulty in Middle Childhood
What happens when a child has social or emotional problems? In this lesson, we'll look at adjustment issues in middle childhood, including anxiety, school phobia and depression, and what parents can do to help their children.
11. Social Issues in Middle Childhood & Their Effects on Development
Children grow and develop in many ways. But sometimes issues at home or school can get in the way of development. In this lesson, we'll look at some issues that might contribute to developmental problems in a child's life.
12. Latchkey and Self-Care Children in Middle Childhood
Latchkey kids have to take care of themselves when they are home alone. But is this a good thing or a bad thing? In this lesson, we'll look at some of the benefits and drawbacks of self-care in middle childhood.
13. The Effect of Culture, Socialization & Culture Shock on Education
In this lesson we will explore the effect of culture on the socialization of children. We will also seek to understand the impact that culture has on their educational experiences.
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Other chapters within the DSST Lifespan Developmental Psychology: Study Guide & Test Prep course
- Domains of Human Development
- Research Methods and the Study of Life Span Development
- Theoretical Foundations for Life Span Developmental Psychology
- The Impact of Genetics in Human Development & Psychology
- Prenatal Development Concepts
- Childbirth and Newborn Characteristics
- Physical Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood
- Psychosocial and Cognitive Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood
- Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Childhood
- Psychosocial Development in Early Childhood
- Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood
- Physical and Sexual Development in Adolescence
- Psychosocial Development in Adolescence
- Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Adulthood
- Psychosocial Development in Early Adulthood
- Physical and Cognitive Development in Middle Adulthood
- Psychosocial Development in Middle Adulthood
- Physical Development in Late Adulthood
- Psychosocial and Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood
- Death and Dying: Stages and Psychological Impact
- DSST Informational Resources
- DSST Lifespan Developmental Psychology Flashcards