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Paper 1.3: Child Psychology

Unit Content Time (Hours) Domain
I Introduction

Concept of development, principles of growth

Maturation and development, determinants: biological and socio-cultural

Developmental stages: life span approach 

Observe and prepare developmental charts

Some genetic abnormalities and behavioural syndromes

12

4

4

4

 

Must know

Desirable to Know

Nice to Know

II Pre-natal and Neonatal Development

Stages and factors in prenatal stage

Neonatal: physical characteristics, reflexes, issues in childbirth

Sensory, motor and cognitive capacities in neonatal stage

Interact with a newly born in family or neighbourhood

Draw milestones for growing baby for a year

13

4

5

4

 

Must know

 

Desirable to Know

Nice to Know

III Infancy and childhood

Development during infancy: physical and motor development

Language, emotional and social development during infancy

Development during childhood: preschool and childhood – social, emotional, cognitive and moral development

Interacting with preschool boys and girls

Focusing on gender identity in childhood

15

5

5

5

 

Must know

 

Desirable to Know

Nice to Know

 

Syllabus Books:

  1. Berk, L.E. (2008). Child development. New Delhi: Pearson Education
  2. Hurlock, J.B. (1997). Child development. New Delhi:McGraw Hill
  3. Seifert, K.L. and Hoffnung, R.J. (1991). Child and adolescent development. New York: Houghton Miffin Co.

Reference Books:

  1. C. Roberts. (2005). Handbook of PediatricPsychology.Guilford Press.
  2. Piaget, B. Inhelder, H. Weaver. (1969). The Psychology of the Child. Basic Books.
  3. Nadelman. (2004). Research Manual in Child Development.Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  4. D. Pellegrini; F. J. Symons; J. Hoch. (2004). Observing Children in Their Natural Worlds: A Methodological Primer.Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.