Child and Adolescent Development

In this advanced course the student will examine a variety of theoretical viewpoints on child and adolescent developmental process, as well as current empirical studies of the principal topics of developmental psychology. Topics covered in this study may include: the impact on development of the continuing interaction between genetic and environmental factors, the growing body of knowledge about how children and adolescents learn language and develop cognitive and social skills, and a discussion of prominent theorists in the field.

1. Describe prominent theories of child and adolescent development, particularly in the areas of cognitive development, emotional development, moral development, and social development.
2. Identify and describe the contributions of prominent contributors to the field, such as Piaget, Vygotsky, Erikson, Ainsworth, Elkind, Freud, and Bandura.
3. Apply theories and ideas about child and adolescent development to case studies, including self-study.


Course readings


1. Child and Adolescent Development in Your Classroom, Topical Approach 3rd Edition
by Christi Crosby Bergin (Author), David Allen Bergin (Author)
ISBN-13: 978-1305964242
ISBN-10: 1305964241

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2. Siegel, D. (2016). The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind.

Possible choices for optional reading:

Elkind D. (2001). The hurried child: Growing up too fast too soon. Cambridge, MA

Glasser, W. (2002): Unhappy teenagers: A way for parents and teachers to reach them. New York: HarperCollins Publishers. Chapters 1-2 plus 3 other chapters.

Unhappy teenagers

Orenstein, P. (2011). Cinderella ate my daughter. NY: Harpercollins. Chapters 1-5 and 9-10.

Sax, Leonard (2016). Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men.

Hoffman, K. Cooper, G. & Powell, B. (2017). Raising a Secure Child: How Circle of Security Parenting Can Help You Nurture Your Child’s Attachment, Emotional Resilience, and Freedom to Explore. Guilford Press

Sax, Leonard (2020). Girls on the Edge: Why So Many Girls Are Anxious, Wired, and Obsessed–And What Parents Can Do:

Boys Will Be Boys: Breaking the Link, book by Myriam Miedzian (From:

Boys Will Be Boys Cover

Boys Will Be Boys: Breaking the Link by Myriam Miedzian. In this book, Miedzian provides a thorough investigation of the numerous factors influencing aggression and violence in American males.