Ten Important Child Development Findings in 2004. Ann Epstein, Ph.D. 10 Important Topics in 2004. Brain Research: sensitive periods Gender: classroom biases TV Viewing: detrimental effects Temperament: inborn, goodness of fit Achievement and Culture: expectations.
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Ann Epstein, Ph.D.
6. Bullying: victim, aggressor, by-stander
7. Emotional Intelligence: validity
8. Families: divorce, step families, sexual orientation
9. Families: parenting styles
10. Poverty: overwhelming effects
(Specific citations and studies available upon request.)
“Blooming and Pruning” of Synaptic Connections
Implications for “blooming and pruning”
Brain is ready to learn!
Implications of Plasticity
Current Classroom Biases Against Boys
2. Most teachers are female (lack of role models)
3. Boys more likely to be identified with learning disabilities (don’t fit today’s educational process)
Current Classroom Biases Against Girls
Traits are primarily genetic with some environmental influence
35% of children exhibit combination of traits
Match between child’s temperament and environmental demands
Cultures value temperament traits differently
Example: Chinese value quiet babies, Canadians value active babies; Canadian mothers of inhibited 2 year-olds were less accepting of their infants’ temperament while Chinese mothers were more accepting
Greatest risk for developmental weaknesses is from growing up in families with persistent socioeconomic disadvantages
Characteristics of poor families
Family characteristics (continued)
“In every child who is born, under no matter what circumstances, and of no matter what parents, the potentiality of the human race is born again”
James Agee, American writer, 20th century
If I had my child to raise all over again, I’d finger paint more, and point the finger less.
I’d do less correcting, and more connecting.
I’d take my eyes off my watch,
and watch with my eyes.
I would care to know less,
and know to care more.
I’d take more hikes and fly more kites.
I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play.
I would run through more fields,
and gaze at more stars.
I’d to more hugging and less tugging.
I would be firm less often, and affirm much more.
I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later.
I’d teach less about the love of power,
And more about the power of love.