Child Development 170: Contextual Influences on Cognitive Development

Calendar of class events

Date and Time

Class Events

Week #1
January 22, Wed.: 11:30-12:20

Orientation to the class syllabus. What is cognition in educational settings?
January 24, Fri.: 11:30-12:20 Orientation to the class instructional web (meeting at a computer lab)
Week #2
January 27, Mon.: 11:30-12:20

Evidence of intellect in primates. Ecology of intellect. Video "Monkeys, apes, humans." Eugene's presentation.
January 29, Wed.: 11:30-12:20 Small group discussions of the assigned readings. Reading due for Topic #1: Animals' thinking: What is intellect and it's evidence?
January 31, Fri.: 11:30-12:20 Class discussion of student- and instructor-generated issues.
First week's assignment due
Week #3
February 3, Mon.: 11:30-12:20

Piaget's stage theory. Videos "Object permanence," "Universal aspects of cognitive development," "Conservation of volume" Eugene's presentation.
February 5, Wed.: 11:30-12:20 Small group discussions of the assigned readings. Reading due for Topic #2: Conceptual perspectives on cognitive development: Piaget's stage theory (overview).
February 7, Fri.: 11:30-12:30 Class discussion of student- and instructor-generated issues.
February 8, Sat.: 7:00 pm Biweekly feedback due
Week #4
February 10, Mon.: 11:30-12:20

The zone of proximal development. Eugene's presentation.
February 12, Wed.: 11:30-12:20 Small group discussions of the assigned readings. Reading due for Topic #3: Conceptual perspectives on cognitive development: Vygotsky's sociohistorical theory (overview).
February 14, Fri.:11:30-12:20 Class discussion of student- and instructor-generated issues.
Week #5
February 17, Mon.: 11:30-12:20

From a deficit model of cognition to a sociocultural account. Eugene's presentation.
February 19, Wed.: 11:30-12:20 Small group discussions of the assigned readings. Reading due for Topic #4: Cultural diversity and universality in cognition: Reasoning.
February 21, Fri.: 11:30-12:30 Class discussion of student- and instructor-generated issues.
February 22, Sat.: 7:00 pm Biweekly feedback due
Week #6
February 24, Mon.: 11:30-12:20
How schooled and everyday cognition are different and similar? Video "Formal and informal learning in middle childhood." Eugene's presentation.
February 26, Wed.: 11:30-12:20 Small group discussions of the assigned readings. Reading due for Topic #5: Schooled and everyday cognition.
February 28, Fri.: 11:30-12:30 Class discussion of student- and instructor-generated issues.
Week #7
March 3, Mon.: 11:30-12:20

How do we remember when, what, and why we remember: Paradoxes of memory. Eugene's presentation
March 5, Wed.: 11:30-12:20 Small group discussions of the assigned readings. Reading due for Topic #6: Is memory a context-free function?
March 7, Fri.: 11:30-12:30 Class discussion of student- and instructor-generated issues.
March 8, Sat.: 7:00 pm Biweekly feedback due
Week #8
March 10, Mon. 11:30-12:20

Activity approach to cognition. Eugene's presentation.
March 12, Wed.: 11:30-12:20 Small group discussions of the assigned readings. Reading due for Topic #7 : Development of cognitive functions: Play and planning.
March 14, Fri.: 11:30-12:30 Class discussion of student- and instructor-generated issues.
Week #9
March 17, Mon.: 11:30-12:20

Sociocultural ecology of the mind. Video, "Development in the family and community." Eugene's presentation.
March 19, Wed.: 11:30-12:20 Small group discussions of the assigned readings. Reading due for Topic #8 : How do family and community shape cognition?.
March 21, Fri.: 11:30-12:30 Class discussion of student- and instructor-generated issues.
March 22, Sat.: 7:00 pm Biweekly feedback due
Week #10
03/24-03/28
Spring Recess
Week #11
March 31, Mon.: 11:30-12:20
03/31-04/04 Instructor will be out for the SRCD conference.
Small group discussions of the assigned readings.
Reading due for Topic #9 : What does IQ measure?
April 2, Wed.: 11:30-12:20 Small group discussions of the assigned readings. Reading due for Topic #10 : Handicapped culture and handicapped cognition.
April 4, Fri.: 11:30-12:30 Small group discussions of the assigned readings. Thinking across children's contexts and lives. Videos "Los Abandoneros: homeless boys," "Race, sex, and class influence the nature of childhood," and "The influence of adults on the children's activity."
Week #12
April 7, Mon.: 11:30-12:20

Review of the course.
April 9, Wed.: 11:30-12:20 Selecting group project topics. Writing a paragraph for the group project in class.
April 11, Fri.: 11:30-12:30 Working on the first draft of the group project.
April 12, Sat.:
7:00 pm
Biweekly feedback due
Week #13
April 14, Mon.: 11:30-12:20

First draft of the group project is due in class. Providing "peer" feedback for the first drafts.
April 16, Wed.: 11:30-12:20 Working on the second draft of the group project.
April 18, Fri.: 11:30-12:30 Search the Internet for references (meeting at a computer lab).
Week #14
April 21, Mon.: 11:30-12:30

Consultations for individual papers. Second draft of the group project paper due.
April 23, Wed.: 11:30-12:20 Working on the third draft of the group paper.
April 25, Fri.: 11:30-12:30 Preparing group presentation.
April 26, Sat.: 7:00 pm Biweekly feedback due
Week #15
April 28, Mon.: 11:30-12:30
Group project presentation and class discussion (final draft of the group project paper due).
April 30, Wed.: 11:30-12:20 Group project presentation and class discussion (final draft of the group project paper due).
May 2, Fri.: 11:30-12:30 Group project presentation and class discussion (final draft of the group project paper due).
Week #16
May 5, Mon.: 11:30-12:30
Group project presentation and class discussion (final draft of the group project paper due).
May 7, Wed.: 11:30-12:20 Group project presentation and class discussion (final draft of the group project paper due).
May 9, Fri.: 11:30-12:30 Group project presentation and class discussion (final draft of the group project paper due).
May 10, Sat.: 7:00 pm Biweekly feedback due
Week #17
May 12, Mon.: 11:30-12:30
Group project presentation and class discussion (final draft of the group project paper due).
May 14, Wed.: 11:30-12:20 Group project presentation and class discussion (final draft of the group project paper due).
Week #18
May 23, Fri.

Final individual paper due (it should be published on
the Publishing Web for Students' Final Papers). Reflective statement on your learning in class due (it should be posted on our class Web).

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Last changed: January 20, 1997. Created by Eugene Matusov.