Learning Resources

This page contains the Learning Resources for this week. Be sure to scroll down the page to see all of the assigned resources for this week. To view this week’s media resources, please use the streaming media player below.

Required Resources

Note: Please read/view the following Required Resources in the order indicated below. You are required to view only the segments of the CD-ROM that are indicated in the Learning Resources. Be aware that the developmental domains are referred to differently on the CD-ROM than they are in the course text (i.e., the biological realm is the same as the physical domain, and the psychosocial realm is the same as the social and emotional domain).

  • Course Text: Discovering Child Development
    • Page 443: Adolescence
    • Chapter 14: Physical Development and Health in Adolescence
      • Pages 445–451 (Read to “The Adolescent Growth Spurt”)
      • Pages 452–461 (Read from “The Process of Puberty”)
      • Pages 465–469 (Read from “Eating Disturbances and Disorders” to “Adolescents and Chronic Illnesses”)
      • Pages 474–480
    • Chapter 15: Cognitive Development in Adolescence
      • Pages 485–493 (Read to “How Does School Influence Adolescent Development?”)
    • Chapter 16: Social and Emotional Development in Adolescence
      • Pages 513–537 (Read to “How Do Mass Media Influence Adolescents’ Development?”)
      • Pages 547–549 (Read from “What Factors Influence Adolescents’ Vulnerability and Resilience?”)
  • Online Reading: Week 5: Sum It Up (PDF format)
    From Exploring Child Development (2nd ed.) by Richard Fabes and Carol Lynn Martin
    Published by Allyn and Bacon, Boston, MA. Copyright 2003 by Pearson Education. Used by permission of the publisher.


  • Video: Laureate Education (Producer). (2008). Child development: Virtual field experience™: the developmental continuum [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu
    Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 39 minutes.

    Throughout this media segment, you will have the opportunity to view the developmental continuum–infants through school-age children–as you watch all of the ages and many of the segments you have already seen, this time listening to professional commentary about some of the developmental hallmarks represented in the children’s behaviors and interactions.

    Note: You will need to watch this media segment in order to complete your Application Assignment for this week. 

Optional Resources

  • Web Site: Gateway Newsletter: Parenting into the Teen Years

  • Web Site: Great Transitions: Preparing Adolescents for a New Century

Application: Eye on Development, Part 2

Week 5: Understanding and Analyzing the Nature of Child Development

For Part 1 of the Application Assignment for this course, you watched video segments that featured children from infancy through school age. This week, you will watch a video segment that includes all of the ages and many of the scenes you have already viewed with the addition of commentary provided by the center director and an educational video host who discuss some of the developmental hallmarks represented in the children’s behaviors and interactions.

As you watch, do not focus on what you may or may not have included in your written summaries. The goal of this assignment is to enhance your understanding of child development by underscoring key information, highlighting examples of development, and providing insights based on experience in the field.

To complete this assignment:

Plan: Consider what you have learned about development of children throughout this course and the insights you have gained from the video segments you have watched so far. Then read the Reflection questions listed below.

Observe: Watch the video segment. As you watch and listen to the commentary, think about the Reflection questions and take notes to help you respond.

Reflect: Reflect on the video segment by responding to the following questions:

  • Throughout the course, you had read about and heard the term developmental continuum. As you view this video segment, what evidence/observations/insights illustrate this term? Provide at least one example and explain your reasoning.
  • Although there are skills and behaviors that are considered typical for children at certain stages of development, every child develops in his or her own unique way. In what ways is this apparent in the video? Provide at least one specific example and explain your reasoning.
  • While child development is most often discussed in terms of the three major domains – physical, cognitive/language, and social-emotional—c onsidering the “whole child” is key to understanding individual children and fostering healthy development. Describe an example from the video that underscores the importance of paying attention to all domains and supporting the development of the whole child. Be sure to explain your reasoning.
  • As you have seen, child development is exciting! It’s all about children growing and changing, learning about who they are and what they can do. Describe at least one scene or explain at least one insight from the video that captures for you the excitement of child development, the rewards of studying the field, and the benefits of learning how to support children and families in the amazing journey of development.

Submit: Write and submit a summary of your reflection. Remember to cite specific examples from your video observations and references to the Required Resources to support your thinking and ideas.

Assignment length: 1–2 pages

Submit this assignment by Day 7 of this week.You have completed Week 5. Please proceed to Week 6.

  •  Assignment 2 Turnitin – Week 5
    To submit your completed Assignment for Turnitin review and grading, do the following:

    Click the View/Complete link. Then click the Submit button next to the name of the Assignment. Once you have clicked on the link, scroll down and choose the appropriate paper item submission method from the drop down menu and fill in the remaining required fields. (Please use the naming convention “WK5Assgn2+last name+first initial” as the Submission Title.)

    Next, click on the Browse button. Find the document you saved as “WK5Assgn+last name+first initial.doc” and click Open. Then click on the Upload button at the bottom of the page. You will then see a screen where you may review your submission. Once you have finished reviewing your submission, click on the Submit button. Finally, you will see a screen that will indicate your paper was submitted successfully.

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