Unit I: Learner as a Developing Individual
1.1 Meaning of childhood, Concept of growth and development, Stages of development.
1.2 Developmental Characteristics of a child.
- Vygotsky’s and Piaget’s - Cognitive development.
- Erikson- psycho social development.
Unit II: Adolescence
2.1 Meaning and characteristics.
2.2 Developmental tasks of an adolescent and their implications.
2.3 Factors influencing development - heredity and environment.
Unit III: Personality
3.1 Concept of personality.
3.2 Approaches to personality.
3.3 Balanced personality- endocrine system.
Unit IV: Contexts of Socialization
4.1 Concept of socialization – role of family.
4.2 Schooling: peer influences, relationships with teachers.
4.3 Social, economic and cultural differences in socialization.
Unit V: Current Issues in Child Development
5.1 Understanding concept of legal childhood.
5.2 Constitutional provisions for the young child.
5.3 Protecting the rights and cultural practices and ethnic identity of minority children.