Course Title: 
Growth and Development of Child
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Year Taught: 
Integrated Degree
School of Arts and Sciences

'Growth and Development of Child' is a course offered in the third semester of Integrated B.Sc. - B.Ed. in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics program at the School of Arts and Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Mysuru campus.

On completion of the course, the student teacher will;

  • Situate individual development in a socio-cultural context. 
  • Develop an understanding about the impact/influence of socio-cultural context in shaping human development, especially with respect to the Indian context.
  • Acquire theoretical perspectives and develop an understanding of dimensions and stages of human development and developmental tasks.
  • Become aware of the processes of socialisation at home and school that act as shaping factors in identity formation of the school-going child.

Unit I: Learner as a Developing Individual

  1. Meaning of childhood, Concept of growth and development, Stages of development.
  2. Developmental Characteristics of a child.
    • Vygotsky’s and Piaget’s - Cognitive development.
    • Erikson- psycho social development.

Unit II: Adolescence

  1. Meaning and characteristics. 
  2. Developmental tasks of an adolescent and their implications. 
  3. Factors influencing development - heredity and environment.

Unit III: Personality

  1. Concept of personality. 
  2. Approaches to personality.
  3. Balanced personality- endocrine system.

Unit IV: Contexts of Socialization

  1. Concept of socialization – role of family.
  2. Schooling: peer influences, relationships with teachers.
  3. Social, economic and cultural differences in socialization.

Unit V: Current Issues in Child Development

  1. Understanding concept of legal childhood
  2. Constitutional provisions for the young child
  3. Protecting the rights and cultural practices and ethnic identity of minority children
  1. Government of India (1986). National Policy on Education, Department of Education, New Delhi.
  2. NCERT (2005). National Curriculum Framework, New Delhi.
  3. Cole, M., Cole, S. R. and Lightfoot, C. (2004). The Development of Children. New York: Worth Publishers. Chapter 1: The study of Human Development.
  4. Newman, B. M. and Newman, P.H. (2007). Theories of Human Development. London: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Publishers.
  5. Jeanne, Ellis Ormrod. Educational Psychology: Developing Learners. Fourth Edition
  6. Jeffrey Arnett (2007), Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood: A Cultural Approach. (3rd.ed.). Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson.
  7. Lindgren, H.C. (1980). Educational Psychology in the Classroom Oxford University Press, New York.
  8. Patricia A. Alexander, Philip H. Winne (2006) Handbook of Educational Psychology.
  9. Mangal S.K(2003) Advanced Educational Psychology, Prentice Hall of India, New Delhi.
  1. Principles of growth and development
  2. Influence of media on adolescents
  3. Adjustment concept and barriers
  4. Defense mechanisms with examples
  5. The major requirements of socialization
  6. The role of school in general and teacher in particular in promoting culture.
  7. Right to Education Act, 2009, emerging positions of early childhood and the young child in the current five year plan.
  8. Protection of child’s right to participation (responsive environment) and prevention of child abuse, neglect and protection from punishment.
  9. Prevention of children at work, protecting and promoting child’s right to play, rest and leisure.