Human Development

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Puberty Demo

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This demonstration will help you to discover the changes that take place during puberty and understand the science behind these changes.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Interactive, Simulation

Identity vs Role Confusion

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A video and series of slides detailing Erikson's Identity vs Role Confusion. Compares the effects of Erikson's Fifth Stage between teenagers of differing countries and cultures.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Interactive, Reading

Lifespan Development

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Welcome to the study of human growth and development, commonly referred to as the “womb to tomb” course because it is the story of our journeys from conception to death. Human development is the study of how we change over time.  Although this course is offered in psychology, this is a very interdisciplinary course. Psychologists, nutritionists, sociologists, anthropologists, educators, and health care professionals all contribute to our knowledge of life span.

Material Type: Full Course, Textbook

Author: Linda Overstreet

Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health

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The mission of the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health (DRC) is to advance the effective use of public data on the status of children’s health and health-related services for children, youth and families in the United States. The DRC does this by providing hands-on access to national, state, and regional data findings from large population-based surveys. Data are collected from parents and thus contribute a much needed voice in the drive to improve the quality of health care for children and youth.

Material Type: Lesson

Author: Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health

Preventing Drug Use among Children and Adolescents: A Research-Based Guide for Parents, Educators, and Community Leaders

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This brochure presents the updated prevention principles, an overview of program planning, and critical first steps for those learning about prevention. Thus, this shortened edition can serve as an introduction to research-based prevention for those new to the field of drug abuse prevention. Selected resources and references are also provided

Material Type: Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy

The Relationship Between Parenting and Delinquency: A Meta-analysis

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This meta-analysis of 161 published and unpublished manuscripts was conducted to determine whether the association between parenting and delinquency exists and what the magnitude of this linkage is. The strongest links were found for parental monitoring, psychological control, and negative aspects of support such as rejection and hostility, accounting for up to 11% of the variance in delinquency. Several effect sizes were moderated by parent and child gender, child age, informant on parenting, and delinquency type, indicating that some parenting behaviors are more important for particular contexts or subsamples. Although both dimensions of warmth and support seem to be important, surprisingly very few studies focused on parenting styles. Furthermore, fewer than 20% of the studies focused on parenting behavior of fathers, despite the fact that the effect of poor support by fathers was larger than poor maternal support, particularly for sons. Implications for theory and parenting are discussed.

Material Type: Homework/Assignment

Authors: Jan R. M. Gerris, Judith Semon Dubas, Machteld Hoeve, Peter H. van der Laan, Veroni I. Eichelsheim, Wilma Smeenk

How to practice safe sexting

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Sexting, like anything that's fun, runs its risks — but a serious violation of privacy shouldn't be one of them. Amy Adele Hasinoff looks at problematic responses to sexting in mass media, law and education, offering practical solutions for how individuals and tech companies can protect sensitive (and, ahem, potentially scandalous) digital files.

Material Type: Lesson

Author: Amy Adele Hasinoff

Eveline Crone: The rebellious teenager

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Eveline starts by asking who remembers being an adolescent. All hands rise in the air. She then shares a bold statement: “Today’s youth is out of control.” But is it? Jumping back a few centuries in history shows us that Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet were already considered rebellious in their days, and even ancient Greek philosophers assumed their youngsters behaved badly. Although every generation is challenged with new situations, adolescents show comparable traits over time.

Material Type: Lecture

Author: Evelin Crone

Isabel Allende: How to live passionately—no matter your age

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What do you plan on doing with your one wild and precious life? Live it passionately. When do we get old? Society decides when we get old, usually around 65 they give us Medicare. We start aging at birth, we are aging right now. We all experience it differently. We all feel younger than our age cuz the spirit never dress. Aging is attitude and health Live passionately and presently in the moment. How can i will myself to be passionate at an old age, with an open heart. Say yes to life!!

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Julie Bradley

Amber's Secret

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This problem-based case focuses on the female menstrual cycle and early stages of pregnancy of an unwed teenager. Working in small groups, students identify the learning issues for each part of the story and research answers to their questions. They are then given more of the case to evaluate. The cycle of analysis, information seeking, and sharing is repeated for each stage of the case. The case can be used in numerous settings including general health, biology, and sociology classes or in more specialized courses such as physiology, endocrinology, nursing, medicine, human development, social services, or counseling.

Material Type: Case Study

Authors: Clyde Freeman Herreid, Lisa Marie Rubin

Theoretical Perspectives on Sibling Relationships

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Although siblings are a fixture of family life, research on sibling relationships lags behind that on other family relationships. To stimulate interest in sibling research and to serve as a guide for future investigations by family scholars, we review four theoretical psychologically oriented perspectives—(a) psychoanalytic-evolutionary, (b) social psychological, (c) social learning, and (d) family-ecological systems—that can inform research on sibling relationships, including perspectives on the nature and influences on developmental, individual, and group differences in sibling relationships. Given that most research on siblings has focused on childhood and adolescence, our review highlights these developmental periods, but we also incorporate the limited research on adult sibling relationships, including in formulating suggestions for future research on this fundamental family relationship.

Material Type: Homework/Assignment

Authors: Anna Soli, Shawn D. Whiteman, Susan M. McHale

Helping Your Preschool Child

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This guide offers fun activities for parents to use during everyday routines to help babies, toddlers, and preschoolers develop skills needed for success in school and life. The booklet also describes behaviors and changes parents can expect to see during these three developmental stages.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Neighbours, Asia/Pacific: Papau New Guinea

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This unit of Global Words begins with the concept of neighbourliness and then extends the focus to Pacific island neighbour, Papua New Guinea - its place in relation to Australia, major languages and the culture of traditional storytelling. Unit elements include an overview, description of focus, teaching and learning activities, and links to the Australian Curriculum and NSW syllabus. The unit explores the cross-curriculum priority of Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia through the Australian Curriculum: English, and strands of language, literature and literacy, applied to a range of texts and text types.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Game, Reading, Syllabus, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Gray, Mary

Lifespan Development

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Developmental psychology concerns itself with the changes (psychological and otherwise) that occur as a result of our physical and mental maturation. This course proceeds from prenatal development through adolescent and adult development. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: Discuss the interaction between and the roles of nature and nurture in lifespan development.; Describe the basic development of the human nervous system; Explain the developmental processes associated with the five senses; Describe the important developmental milestones and age expectations associated with motor skills, social skills, cognitive ability, sensory awareness, and the use of language; Discuss the important theories of cognitive development, including those of Piaget, Vygotsky, the information-processing approach, and the intelligence perspective; Discuss and contrast the nativist, behavioral-cognitive, functionalist, and learning stage theories of language development; Describe the developmental process of language, from cooing and babbling to mature language; Explain the important theoretical issues in the study of the development of personality; Discuss the most influential theories of personality development, including those of Freud, Erikson, Klein and Mahler, Bowlby, and Ainsworth; Explain Kohlberg's theory of moral development, including the perspectives of its critics; Describe the physical and cognitive changes associated with adolescent development; Explain the significance of the differences in maturation rates between individuals; Discuss the major issues of development in adulthood, including marriage and divorce, parenting, and mid-/later-life physical and cognitive changes. (Psychology 302a)

Material Type: Assessment, Full Course, Lecture, Reading, Syllabus

Anatomy & Physiology

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You probably have a general understanding of how your body works. But do you fully comprehend how all of the intricate functions and systems of the human body work together to keep you healthy? This course will provide that insight. By approaching the study of the body in an organized way, you will be able to connect what you learn about anatomy and physiology to what you already know about your own body. By taking this course, you will begin to think and speak in the language of the domain while integrating the knowledge you gain about anatomy to support explanations of physiological phenomenon. The course focuses on a few themes that, when taken together, provide a full view of what the human body is capable of and of the exciting processes going on inside of it. Topics covered include: Structure and Function, Homeostasis, Levels of Organization, and Integration of Systems. Note: This free course requires registration

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment, Diagram/Illustration, Interactive, Reading

Health Across the Life Span: Frameworks,Contexts,and Measurements

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Introduces and examines the basic principles which guide growth and development and the health of individuals across the lifespan, from the prenatal period through senescence. Presents methodological, conceptual and substantive issues necessary for understanding and evaluating empirically based information about growth, development and health at different stages of life and from different academic perspectives. Course covers several themes, including contributions of biological and environmental factors to health and human development, measuring the health of individuals in communities, understanding determinants and consequences of health and development across the lifespan, measuring population health and assessing the implications of health disparities.

Material Type: Full Course, Homework/Assignment, Lecture Notes, Syllabus

Authors: Mmari,Heather, Mosley,Henry