ERIC Number: ED339500
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Enhancing Child Development: The Middle Years. Fostering Families.
Schatz, Mona Struhsaker; And Others
This module is part of a training program for foster parents and foster care workers offered at Colorado State University. The module's learning objectives address: (1) child development within the context of family and social development; (2) the stages of cognitive, social, emotional, moral, and physical development; (3) the range of normal development between the ages of 7 to 12 years; (4) parenting tasks relevant to middle childhood; and (5) the special needs of foster care children during the middle years. The module consists of three lectures. Lecture 1 considers several assumptions and theories of child development. Lecture 2 considers the topics of children's physical development, peer relationships, school experiences, moral development, and self-concept. Charts list developmental changes between ages 7 and 12, and developmentally appropriate toys and games. Lecture 3 describes problems of foster children and ways foster parents can help children deal with these problems, which include separation and loss, school difficulties, poor peer relationships, low self-concept, hyperactivity and a poor attention span, sexual abuse, provocative sexual behavior, and adult behavior. Charts list parents' helping behaviors in these areas. An 11-item reference list, a 17-item bibliography, and a 5-page form for evaluating the module, are included. (BC)
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Child Development, Cognitive Development, Course Descriptions, Developmental Tasks, Emotional Development, Feedback, Foster Care, Foster Children, Foster Family, Higher Education, Hyperactivity, Moral Development, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Parenting Skills, Peer Relationship, Postsecondary Education, Preadolescents, Questionnaires, Self Esteem, Sexual Abuse, Social Development, Student Problems, Training Objectives
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Support Staff; Practitioners
Sponsor: Colorado State Dept. of Social Services, Boulder.
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Univ., Ft. Collins. Dept. of Social Work.