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Child Studies

Mission Statement

The Liberal Studies Program provides students with an education in the Liberal Arts which is broad in scope, excellent in quality, and inclusive of the disciplines which are foundational for working with children, youths and community in social and educational settings. Through the Bachelor’s of Science degree in Liberal Studies, we prepare future educators and community leaders who demonstrate ethical sensitivity, global awareness, and the critical thinking skills needed to evaluate “new” educational approaches in relation to relevant research. Our graduates have knowledge about and experience with children, are sensitive to their individuality, and will become strong and capable educational and community leaders. Faculty in our program are teaching scholars who model the kind of reason based, and yet compassionate and justice-oriented teaching we want our graduates to bring to children.

Goals & Objectives

 

CHILD STUDIES LEARNING GOALS & OBJECTIVES      v18april2016

Goal

#1

Graduates will demonstrate a broad and deep understanding of equity and power in the multiple, diverse contexts in which children live & learn.



Learning

Objectives

1.1

Intra-personal intelligence:

Upon graduation, Child Studies students can analyze and critically reflect on how their own self-understanding in relation to race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, disability, and other categories of difference impacts their agency, identity, voice, values, power and sense of privilege.

1.2

Inter-personal intelligence:

Upon graduation, Child Studies students can describe, interpret and critically reflect on how knowing and understanding not only a child’s multiple, diverse contexts but the child her/himself helps us consider the impact of systemic supports and inequities on various groups and individuals.

 

 

1.3    

Leadership, Advocacy & Cultural Competence:

Upon graduation, Child Studies students are able to analyze theories, concepts & research related to promising practices in leadership, advocacy and cultural competence within school and community settings.

Goal

#2

Graduates will demonstrate foundational higher-order intellectual skills as they apply to school and community settings.



Learning

Objectives

2.1

Written/Oral Communication:

Upon graduation, Child Studies students can articulate ideas about children in school and community settings clearly and effectively through written/oral communication & other expressive media.

2.2

Quantitative Reasoning:

Upon graduation, Child Studies students can analyze and interpret statistical research and data and employ quantitative reasoning to understand and benefit children in school and community settings.

2.3

Critical Thinking:

Upon graduation, Child Studies students are critical thinkers who can analyze, reason, evaluate, problem-solve and make decisions with regard to children in school and community settings.

 

 

2.4

Information Literacy:

Upon graduation, Child Studies students identify relevant qualitative and quantitative information, locate information using library systems, evaluate information and appropriately apply information needed to benefit children in school and community settings.

Goal

#3

Graduates will gain a broad and deep understanding through multiple lenses of the field of child studies in order to better serve, teach and support children in school and community settings.

Learning

Objectives

3.1

Child Studies Perspectives/Knowledge:

Upon graduation, Child Studies students can recognize and discuss understandings of children holistically, from infancy to middle childhood, through multiple lenses/ perspectives such as the cognitive, creative, communal, socio-emotional, psychological, physical, sociological, intellectual and spiritual.

3.2

Contextual Analysis:

Upon graduation, Child Studies students can analyze the varied behaviors and developmental cues of children in different contexts and situate some of the varieties of skills, behaviors and attitudes in relationship to normative or dominant discourses shaping schools and community agencies.

 

 

3.3

Synthesis & Application:

Upon graduation, Child Studies students can synthesize and apply knowledge of children’s growth, resiliency and development within a variety of learning environments in order to address problems and propose solutions in school and community contexts.