ERIC Number: EJ829516
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
High School Child Development Courses Provide a Valuable Apprenticeship
McCombie, Sally M.
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J1), v84 n1 p39-41 Jan 2009
The current media are laden with reports of the many significant problems facing today's youth. In fact, parenting has become a national topic of discussion. Parenting instruction, a responsibility that had previously rested in the home, has become part of educational curricula. Courses in child development are offered for high school students in Pennsylvania as well as in other states. Child development programs consist of educational courses that provide students with the knowledge of the physical, emotional, social and intellectual development of children. These programs are intended to enhance knowledge in child development, change behavior when interacting with children, and influence attitudes toward child rearing. In this article, the author talks about a child development laboratory, which provides high school students direct experience with young children, and discusses the advantages of a laboratory experience. The Pennsylvania Department of Education Child Development Laboratory Procedures Guidelines states that the mission of a child development laboratory is to provide high school students with the opportunity to observe and interact with preschool children in a model setting that utilizes exemplary practices. Laboratory experiences offer high school students opportunities from which they can learn and discuss real-life concepts related to child development. In 2005, the author conducted a study comparing the knowledge of high school students who complete a child development semester course that combines didactic instruction with a child development laboratory to the knowledge of students who complete a non-laboratory, didactic instruction-only child development semester course. The study suggests that a high school child development curriculum should include a laboratory experience where the high school students can apply the theories and concepts studied in the course.
Descriptors: High Schools, Child Rearing, Preschool Children, Intellectual Development, Child Development, High School Students, Apprenticeships, Teaching Methods, Laboratory Procedures, Guidelines, Curriculum
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania