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Human Growth and Development. FYI. 2011. Human Growth and Development (HGD). Provides foundational knowledge about lifespan development One of the corner stone courses at Wheelock College and a critical course for many professions

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Human growth and development hgd
Human Growth and Development (HGD)

  • Provides foundational knowledge about lifespan development

  • One of the corner stone courses at Wheelock College and a critical course for many professions

  • Fabulous professors! Most students take HGD for their entire freshmen year (HGD I & II).

  • Classroom learning & application in real life through field placements (3 hours x 10 weeks = 30 hours/each semester)


Q what will my son or daughter do learn in hgd
Q: What will my son or daughter do/learn in HGD?

  • Gain critical thinking skills about how people develop, grow, and change through the lifespan.

  • Consider individual growth AND individuals in contexts – families, schools, communities, culture

  • Learn about important theories in developmental psychology

  • Learn to observe children’s behaviors with a scientific eye.

  • Write analytic papers & give oral presentations


The fall semester hgd i
The Fall Semester: HGD I

  • From prenatal development to early childhood (around age 5)

  • Learn about theories; write observation & analysis papers on:

    • Physical development

    • Cognitive development

    • Language development

    • Socio-emotional development

  • Field Placements in early childhood settings


  • The spring semester hgd ii
    The Spring Semester: HGD II

    • Middle childhood (school age), Adolescence, & Adulthood (early, middle, late); Death and Dying

    • Expanded focus on contexts – families, peers, schools, communities, cultures

    • Field Placement options are more diverse - e.g., schools, community settings; working with children, adolescents, adults, etc.)

    • Assignments are more diverse – interviews, autobiographical analysis, current event critiques, etc.


    Q how can i support my son or daughter s learning in hgd
    Q. How can I support my son or daughter’s learning in HGD?

    • Please ask about what she is learning.

      • What age group?

      • What theorists?

      • What types of development – physical, cognitive, language, socio-emotional?

    • Please ask about her field placement.

      • What is she learning from the children?

      • From the site?

      • About herself?


    How can i support my son or daughter s learning in hgd continued
    How can I support my son or daughter’s learning in HGD? (Continued)

    • Please encourage your child to take ownership of her learning.

      • Encourage her to utilize resources – meet with professors, field experience office, peer tutors, writing center, oral presentation coaching, etc.

      • Support her in trying new experiences.

      • Encourage her to pace herself and persevere.

      • Remind her you and many other people at Wheelock are behind her, wanting her to succeed.


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