HDP and this course What is the Human Development Program? This course: –Structure (lectures & sections) –Issues we will be dealing with
Human Development Program Anthropology Biology Cognitive Science Communication Ethnic Studies History Linguistics Literature Psychology Sociology Teacher Education Program Urban Studies.
Human Development Program What underlies the development of human knowledge? To what extent is the capacity to know, indeed the concepts themselves, encoded in the genes? How is the role of learning and environmental influences accounted for? How do we learn? What are the ways in which children become competent participants in their social groups? What is the origin and nature of social interaction and organization?
Website: Office: AP&M Annex 2938 phone: Program requirements: Human Development Program
Course schedule WEEK 0 Th 9/22Introduction to course (Jeff Elman, Dept. of Cognitive Science)Jeff Elman WEEK 1 Tu, 9/27Infancy and Evolution (Jim Moore, Dept. of Anthropology)Jim Moore Th 9/29The History of Childhood (Stefan Tanaka, Dept. of History)Stefan Tanaka WEEK 2 Tu 10/4Genes, Brain Development and Behavior (Leslie Carver, Dept. of Psychology)Leslie Carver Th 10/6Brain Development: The Basics (Joan Stiles, Dept. of Cognitive Science)Joan Stiles
WEEK 3 Tu 10/11Motor Development (Joan Stiles, Dept. of Cognitive Science)Joan Stiles Th 10/13Development of Visual Perception (Karen Dobkins, Dept. of Psychology)Karen Dobkins WEEK 4 Tu 10/18Conceptual Development (Gedeon Deak, Dept. of Cognitive Science)Gedeon Deak Th 10/20Social Development (Gail Heyman, Dept. of Psychology)Gail Heyman WEEK 5 Tu 10/25Autism (Aubyn Stahmer, Children’s Hospital) Th 10/27Midterm Review
WEEK 6 Tu 11/1MIDTERM Th 11/3First Language Acquisition (Farrell Ackerman, Dept. of Linguistics)Farrell Ackerman WEEK 7 Tu 11/8Cross-cultural perspectives (Mike Cole, Dept. of Communications)Mike Cole Th 11/10Evaluating educational reform (Julian Betts, Dept. of Economics)Julian Betts WEEK 8 Tu 11/15Brain Development and Plasticity (Joan Stiles, Dept. of Cognitive Science)Joan Stiles Th 11/17Second Language Acquisition (Grant Goodall, Dept. of Linguistics)Grant Goodall
WEEK 9 Tu 11/22Modeling Development (Jeff Elman, Dept. of Cognitive Science)Jeff Elman Th 11/24 THANKSGIVING WEEK 10 Tu 11/29Aging (Jeanne Townsend, Dept. of Neurosciences) Th 12/1REVIEW FOR FINAL EXAM Final exam Tu 12/611:30am – 2:30pm in York 2722
Issues in this class What is development? Development occurs at many levels Nature vs. Nurture ← Emergentism Why development? Implications for public policy
What is development? Maturation Learning Adaptation Evolution
Development occurs at many levels Biological –genes; nervous system; motor system Ontogenetic –Intellectual; emotional; linguistic; social Socio-cultural (and evolutionary) From conception to death…
Nature & Nurture What is nature? What is nurture? What do genes do? What is the effect of experience?