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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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