Asssessment 3

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Select a middle childhood case from the available case studies and complete a 5-6 page case analysis.

Introduction

Note: Child development occurs in a specific sequence. Therefore, the assessments in this course are presented in sequence and must be completed in order.

Early childhood occurs between the ages of two and six. During this time, young children’s thinking, memory, and intelligence takes significant leaps. Further, the development of relationships with others increases, particularly with peers. As children begin to influence one another through their interactions, the function of their play becomes important to the development of social and cognitive skills. At this time, gender awareness also occurs. All of these changes take place within the context of family, peers, and communities. Unfortunately, within these contexts, some children may also be exposed to poverty and violence.


Key Influences and Developments in Early and Middle Childhood Development [DOCX]
 further summarizes key issues during this period of development, including the role of peer interactions, play, family systems, and cognitive, emotional, and physical development.

Preparation

MULTIMEDIA

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Studies
. The case studies in the Studies media piece all feature children aged 6. Why age 6? Age 6 is a transitional time in which you can explore early childhood development and how it impacts middle childhood development. You will use the case studies to complete the assessment.

Instructions

Note: Child development occurs in a specific sequence. Therefore, the assessments in this course are presented in sequence and must be completed in order.

Complete the following three sections for this assessment: 

Introduction

· Identify the title of the case study you selected from the Studies media piece linked above.

· Provide an introduction that addresses the general context of development and the specific context of the child in the case study you selected.

· Provide an overview, from an ecological perspective, of the predominant factors of family, society, and culture that could impact this child’s development, including relevant examples from the case profile and supporting research evidence linked to those factors.

· Describe the general expectations for healthy development across developmental domains (cognitive, social and emotional, and physical) that should be evident as children transition from early to middle childhood. Link this description to child psychology developmental theories.

Case Analysis

· Describe the primary developmental concern. Provide validation by including relevant examples from the case profile and links to supporting research evidence.

· Use child psychology theories (from Assessment 1) and current scholarly peer-reviewed research to evaluate at least two of the most prevalent developmental needs of the child in the selected case study (primary concern and secondary concerns). Provide validation and support for your work by including relevant examples from the case profile and supporting research evidence.

CONCLUSION

· Summarize the developmental and contextual issues that are important in understanding this case. Using relevant examples from the case profile, provide suggestions for appropriate actions or interventions in home or school contexts.

· Link those actions or interventions to evidence from current scholarly research literature.

Additional Requirements

· Written communication: Use the accepted form and style of the psychological professions, employing grammar, punctuation, and mechanics expected of graduate-level composition and expression. The 

MEAL Plan
 is a helpful tool when constructing paragraphs and essays.

· References: Include a minimum of six academic, peer-reviewed resources. The suggested course text can be used, but it is not considered one of the peer-reviewed articles.

· APA style and formatting: Format the references and in-text citations according to current APA style and formatting guidelines. Use the MEAL Plan document to organize the content and include APA headings and subheadings.

· Length of case analysis: 5–6 typed, double-spaced pages, excluding title and reference pages.

· Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.

Competencies Measured

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

· Competency 1. Analyze how children develop physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively from the prenatal period to adolescence using psychological theories or research concepts.

. Explain child development theories and research concepts pertaining to the period of early to middle childhood.

· Competency 2. Evaluate literature on the complex developmental processes and experiences of children from the prenatal period to adolescence.

. Examine how factors of family, society and culture impact a child’s development outcomes during the period of early to middle childhood.

· Competency 3. Evaluate the potential impact of individual and cultural differences on development from the prenatal period to adolescence.

. Analyze the physical, social emotional, or cognitive needs of a child during the period of early to middle childhood.

· Competency 4. Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for members of the psychological professions.

. Integrate relevant examples and supporting evidence related to early to middle childhood development.

. Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for members of the psychological professions.

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