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Human Growth and Development

Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women and CEC via Swayam


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Growth and development being an integral component of health and wellbeing of the child, it is essential that one seeks out for adequate information regarding the same and put the acquired knowledge into action to reap tangible benefits . The term growth refers to increase in physical size of the body and development to increase in skills and function. Growth and development are considered together because the child grows and develops simultaneously. This course focuses on human growth and development over the lifespan, as well as careers that help people deal with various physical, intellectual, and socioemotional issues, such as physicians, nurses, nutritionists, counselors, social worker, home science.This course is important because it gives the student a background in human growth and development from before birth, through childhood, into adulthood, and through death and grief. It gives the student perspective and highlights where people in the caring professions are most needed. Students who take this course will come away with a broad understanding of all the careers that help people from birth to death. They will understand how people in the helping professions interact with each other and how continued growth in this sector.


Week - I
1. Concepts and Theories of Human Development2. Meaning, Definition & Principles of Growth Development3. Development periods in human life span (Prenatal development, Infancy, Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood)
Week - II
4. Heredity and environment on development5. Domains of Human Growth and Development6. Theories of Erikson, Piaget & Kohlberg
Week - III
7. Social Learning Theory (Albert Bandura), Ecological Theory (Bronfrenbrenner), Holistic Theory of Development (Steiner)8. Meaning & Definition of Personality9. Theories of Personality
Week - IV
10. Pre-natal Development – Conception, Pre-natal Development & Birth11. Sensation12. Sensation: Definition and Sensory Process
Week - V
13. Attention: Definition and Affecting Factors14. Perception: Definition and Types15. Memory, Thinking, and Problem Solving
Week - VI
16. Physical and Emotional Growth and Development17. Emerging capabilities across domains related to cognition - metacognition, creativity, ethics18. Issues related to puberty
Week - VII
19. Gender Stereotyping Morality & Development20. Influence of Development on the growing child21. Psychological well-being, Formation of Identity and Self-Concept
Week - VIII
22. Concept of Diversity and Type of Diversity23. Diversity in Learning & Delivering the Diverse Learning Needs24. Independent Living Skills – Meaning, Importance, Component.25. Transition to Adulthood – Sexuality, Marriage and Employment

Taught by

Dr.K.Sambath Rani



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