The Dynamics of Early Childhood minor is intended to facilitate students’ understanding of the historical implications that guide what we know and how we use the information we know related to the development of young children. The noted ideologies of theorists such as Dewey, Froebel, Pestalozzi and others will be examined from the perspectives of professions such as journalist, cinematographer, sociologist and psychologist. The effects of sources of entertainment such as children’s books, films and television programs as well as consumer products such as toys will be studied in order to determine the “power” and effects they have on our developmental understandings and designs of educational needs for young children. Students will be encouraged to pursue a self-selected investigation of early childhood in order to be able to contribute as a professional, a family member, and an educator to address the roles and importance of young children in our society.
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