C428 – Cognitive and Language Development
This course promotes students’ basic understanding of typical and atypical cognitive as well as language development in the first eight years of life. The primary foci of the course are understanding: 1) different theoretical frameworks for examining and analyzing sequences and variations in the processes of cognitive change; 2) the interactive relationship between the child and the social context in the course of development; 3) the interrelationship of cognitive development and other aspects of development; 4) the reciprocity between language and cognition; and 5) the role of play in young children’s learning and development. Students learn how factors such as age, culture, and community context impact language competence and performance. Alternative communication systems and the use of technology for young children are also explored. The content of the course is delivered from a social work perspective which ensures a framework for professional application. Case studies will be provided throughout the course to integrate knowledge, practice and reflection.