⁹On this page are activities and/or assignments related to human development (mostly child or adolescent development),especially as they relate to school experiences. Some of these activities or assignments may appear elsewhere in this wiki.girlstickingtongue.JPG




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A Chart Summarizing Human Development

This is an assignment that helps students summarize and integrate what they learn about human development. I used it for a relatively short unit on development contained within a longer course about ed psych, but with appropriate adjustments in scale, it can also be used for a longer unit or even for a course that is entirely about child development.

- Seifert Seifert Sep 30, 2009

Websites Related to Creating "A Chart Summarizing Human Development"

Here are several websites that summarize human development in very broad terms. They are not detailed, and do not cover all aspects or ages of human development, but even so they may be helpful.

http://www.childdevelopmentinfo.com/development/normaldevelopment.shtml -- a one-page chart summarizing human development in three domains: 1) physical/language, 2) emotional, and 3) social. The chart covers ages 0 - 5 only.
http://www.edpsycinteractive.org/topics/cognition/piaget.html -- a detailed (even wordy) overview of Piaget's stages of cognitive development.
http://psychohawks.wordpress.com/2010/11/03/theories-of-cognitive-development-lev-vygotsky/ -- a moderate-length summary and overview of Vygotsky's key ideas about social cognition.

- Seifert Seifert Nov 9, 2011 on behalf of Katie Infante (Marist College) and Jody Osika (Marist College)

Students' Own Moral Development: True Confessions

It is usually not hard to show education students that they themselves have not behaved perfectly over the course of their lives, and in this sense demonstrate less than perfect moral behavior. One way to do this is hold a brief "true confessions" discussion.

- Seifert Seifert Oct 1, 2009

Concept Map of Human Development Processes

Click on the title above or on the button below to go to a concept map illustrating relationships among fundamental processes of human development. There are a lot of parts in it, so you may need to enlarge it a bit to read it comfortably!


- Seifert Seifert Nov 10, 2011 on behalf of Katie Infante (Marist College) and Jody Osika (Marist College)

Overview of Human Development Processes as a Slide Show

Click on the title above or on the button below to go to a PDF slide show giving an overview of basic developmental processes. The file is about 1 Meg in size, and there are about 30+ slides.


- Seifert Seifert Nov 10, 2011 on behalf of Katie Infante (Marist College) and Jody Osika (Marist College)

Long-term effects of very small gender biases

During class, you can easily illustrate how very small gender biases can "add up" over the long term using this activity.

- Seifert Seifert Oct 28, 2009

How Social Development Affects Cognitive Development

This paper reviews cognitive development in the preschool years, with special emphasis on how social experiences affect cognition in that period of life. (Note: The link goes to a draft of the paper, which is in press for publication early in 2012. The eventual reference will be Seifert, K. (2012). How social development affects cognitive development. In Saracho, O. & Spodek, B. (Eds.). Handbook of Research on the Education of Young Children, 3rd edition. New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.)

- Seifert Seifert Nov 7, 2011

Long-term Continuity and Change in Children's Personalities

Here is a study correlating behaviors and traits displayed by children with those displayed by the same children as adults. The basic conclusion: that there is significant continuity of traits between childhood and adulthood, though also some room for modification or change.

- Seifert Seifert Oct 7, 2010

Fewer Picture Books for Children?

This New York Times article reports that fewer children's books with illustrations are being published lately. Instead, publishers are producing larger numbers of text-heavy books for children. The trend raises important questions about the nature of children's cognitive and educational needs--and about whether their needs are being met.

- Seifert Seifert Oct 8, 2010

Stages in Children's Drawings

Many art educators (but by no means all) support the idea that children progress through identifiable stages in learning to draw. Here are some links and resources about this idea, and what it implies for teaching young children.

- Seifert Seifert Nov 23, 2010

Children's Language Development

There is a wealth of websites and printed material about language development. This link takes you to a small sample of the material. It will be helpful in getting oriented if you are new to the area or relatively unversed in language research. Whether you are well-versed or not, the information may be helpful to educational psychology students.

- Seifert Seifert Nov 23, 2010

How Similar Are Siblings?

Teachers sometimes tend to believe that siblings have similar personalities because they have grown up in the same family and/or have similar genetic backgrounds. Research on this question suggests, however, that siblings are hardly any more similar than random individuals. This interview from NPR summarizes this research.

- Seifert Seifert Nov 26, 2010

Collaborative Learning: Comparing the Viewpoints of Piaget and Vygotsky

Piaget and Vygotsky both have views of human development that are popular among educators, and collaborative (or cooperative) learning is also a popular practice in the schools. How might these two psychologists each view collaboration? This link provides a summary comparison of their differences.

- Seifert Seifert Nov 30, 2010

Children's Play: Various Resources

If you or your students wish to emphasize the learning and development of young children, then you may also wish the students to think and learn about children's play. Here are a few resources and links to help in doing so:

Basic Elements of Children's Play

Six basic qualities that collectively define children's play behavior--and a few questions critiquing these definitions.

The Role of the Teacher During Children's Play

The choices are not simply between involvement and non-involvement; there are many roles in between these extremes.

The Role of the Curriculum in a Play-Oriented Program

If curriculum requires planning and play requires freedom and openness, can they be reconciled? A few ways here to think about this dilemma.

Brief Examples of Children's Play

Short vignettes and examples useful for discussing issues about children's play.

- Seifert Seifert Jan 14, 2011

Using Students' Written Autobiographies to Understand Human Development

Here is one way for students to use their personal story-telling abilities in order to understand ideas from human development or from other areas of psychology and education.

- Seifert Seifert Mar 11, 2011

Help in Writing Autobiographical Stories

This link goes to a collection of short articles from Psychology Today that discuss aspects of writing stories that are autobiographical or otherwise "personal." Topics include using effective metaphors, construction of stories that are "convincing," and more. The collection is helpful for students (or instructors!) who are doing the autobiographical assignment listed in the previous item above on this page.

- Seifert Seifert Feb 14, 2012

A Summary of Research about the Significance of Personal Life Stories

This link goes to an article from the New York Times that summarizes some of the research about the significance of personal life stories. It can be used in conjunction with the written autobiography assignment described above.

- Seifert Seifert Aug 12, 2011

Is Gender Dichotomous?

We are used to thinking that every person--including every student--is either a girl or a boy. This assumption is so strong that it is difficult to think about a person without immediately, and perhaps unconsciously, assigning him or her to one of the genders. Here is a discussion activity to test the strength of education students' need to assign children to a gender, regardless of their behavior.

- Seifert Seifert Feb 1, 2011