Parents often disagree about the best way to raise children, and when they seek professional advice, find the experts are at odds with each other, too. This program helps caregivers sort through the contradictions as it summarizes some major theories of child development... View Video.
Why would 300-year-old educational theories be of interest to teachers of young children today? This program features the ideas of early researchers and philosophers, showing how these pioneers laid the groundwork for modern concepts of elementary school instruction. Locke’s opposition to rote memorization, Rousseau’s belief in self-direction, the recognition of each child’s individuality by Pestalozzi, and Froebel’s creative preschool techniques are profiled—and offered as starting points for educators to develop their own framework on how best to interact with young students. View Video.
Using historical footage and photos in combination with video shot at day care centers, this program offers an entertaining and enlightening introduction to the major child development theorists, how their theories differ, and how the application of multiple theories can be beneficial to parents, caregivers, and educators. Theorists presented include Sigmund Freud, Maria Montessori, Arnold Gesell, Lev Vygotsky, Jean Piaget, Rudolf Dreikurs, Erik Erikson, Abraham Maslow, John Bowlby, B. F. Skinner, Benjamin Spock, Lawrence Kohlberg, T. Berry Brazelton, Diana Baumrind, and Howard Gardner. View Video.
The work of Lev Vygotsky is cited as the theory and practice of constructivist education. This program reconsiders the life, vocabulary, and concepts of Vygotsky, illustrating four basic concepts integral to his work: children construct knowledge, learning can lead development, development cannot be separated from its social context, and language plays a central role in cognitive development. Elena Bodrova brings an easy familiarity to these concepts, while Deborah Leong’s commentary and lively classroom examples will enable students, teachers in training, and classroom teachers to incorporate these concepts into their understanding of child development. View Video.
Discusses factors that influence child behavior, including temperament, attachment, and the normal cognitive changes that occur around two years of age. The program also presents findings shown to help children delay gratification, an important factor in development of self-control. View Video.
This video describes the symptoms and characteristics of autism, screening using the CHAT test, and the importance of early intervention. The program also illustrates strategies for treating and educating young children with the disorder. View Video.
It’s often difficult to determine a solution, unless you know all of the symptoms. This is especially true for parents who see their children less than does their child care provider. In these cases, it is essential that you, as the child’s primary caregiver, not only recognize their special needs, but additionally respond to them... View Video.
Describing predominant symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (including inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity), this video then discusses its epidemiology. Viewers learn about early identification, treatment, and the importance of identifying co-existing problems. View Video.
Discusses the role of biology and environment in language development. It presents pre-language communication including turn-taking, “parentese,” and intentional gestures by the child. The video illustrates an infant’s capabilities in language acquisition and presents practical suggestions for enhancing a child’s language development. View Video.
The transition from infant to toddler is a dramatic one. As physical, emotional, and social skills develop at this important time, parents and caregivers alike need to be aware of the important role that they play during the growth process... View Video.
Offering helpful visual examples and clear, on-point explanations, this four-part series explores the phase of human development that begins during the toddler years and continues to about six years of age. View Video.
Defines the concept of play and discusses some of play's functions, including gross and fine motor development, cognitive development, creativity, socialization, self-awareness, and therapeutic value. Viewers learn about types of play such as physical play, including sensorimotor; mastery or skill play; rough-and-tumble play; pretend play; dramatic play; and games with rules. View Video.
Discusses Jean Piaget’s life and the major tenets of his theories. Viewers learn about the four stages of cognitive development. Major components of the concrete operational stage, including reversibility and decentration, are illustrated. View Video.