Об этом курсе
In this course, we dive into the topic of child development. You will learn that child development is complex and is influenced by a surprisingly rich number of factors at many different levels of organization. You will see that development can be studied in various domains and at various levels of understanding, from different angles and disciplines. Importantly, you will come to understand that processes within and between the various domains and levels of organization continuously interact to shape development. This implies that understanding development requires taking an interdisciplinary approach. In order to help you organize your thinking about this complexity you will learn more about the developmental systems approach and theories related to that. We will look, amongst other things, at the brain and motor development, cognitive, language and social-emotional development and all the factors that have an influence on development. To illustrate how an interdisciplinary approach helps to understand child development you will see how researchers from various disciplines and backgrounds study child development at Utrecht University. These scientists will give a look in their field of knowledge and their collaboration with colleagues, to illustrate how the theory you will learn translates to practice. In sum, we invite you to follow us on a journey to understand child development from synapse to society!
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Approx. 18 hours to complete

Предполагаемая нагрузка: 6 weeks of study, 4-5 hours/week
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Approx. 18 hours to complete

Предполагаемая нагрузка: 6 weeks of study, 4-5 hours/week
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English

Субтитры: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

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4 hours to complete

Introduction to Dynamics of Youth

After a general introduction to this MOOC, this week focuses on the developmental systems approach to understand development. We will illustrate how such an approach can be facilitated by introducing you to Dynamics of Youth, a strategic research theme of Utrecht University set up to foster interdisciplinary research on child and adolescent development....
Reading
3 videos (Total 23 min), 6 readings, 5 quizzes
Video3 videos
What it takes to study development from a developmental systems approach7m
Introduction to Dynamics of Youth and the cohort studies3m
Reading6 readings
General introduction10m
Introduction10m
Applying the developmental systems approach to well-being0m
Optional readings on the developmental systems approach0m
Introduction10m
The YOUth cohort studies15m
Quiz4 practice exercises
What do you know already?4m
Test your knowledge on the developmental systems approach8m
How can you make it happen?2m
What do you think of Dynamics of Youth and the cohort studies?4m

2

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5 hours to complete

Brain and motor development

In the first week of this course, we explained the developmental systems approach and introduced you to Dynamics of Youth as an example of how this approach can be adopted in practice. Now it is time to dive into child development itself. This week, we will be focusing on two domains of development: the brain and motor control....
Reading
5 videos (Total 35 min), 6 readings, 3 quizzes
Video5 videos
Growing synapses - Interview with a brain researcher3m
Developing motor skills9m
Interview with a human movement scientist5m
WEIRD science6m
Reading6 readings
Introduction10m
Brain plasticity and behaviour30m
Optional reading on the developing brain30m
Optional reading on brain plasticity15m
Introduction3m
The development of motor behavior0m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Test your knowledge on brain development10m
Test your knowledge on motor development8m
What did you learn about brain and motor development?2m

3

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4 hours to complete

Cognitive development

This week we will focus on cognitive development and how this affects how children think and act. You will see that information from the previous week, in which we discussed the development of the brain and motor skills, can be used to understand cognitive development. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 35 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
Video6 videos
Playing (with) rats - Interview with a neurobiologist3m
Rats and synapses - Interview about interdisciplinary collaboration5m
Experimenting teenagers - Interview with a psychologist3m
Applied geography - Interview with a social geographer3m
Embodied cognition, culture and geography7m
Reading2 readings
Introduction10m
More on cognitive development30m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Test your knowledge on cognitive development10m
What did you learn about cognitive development?30m

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3 hours to complete

Communication

This week’s focus is on communication. As you will see, language development is tightly interwoven with cognitive development and as such is also closely related to brain and motor development. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 27 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
Video5 videos
'Talking' Zebrafinches - Interview with a biologist3m
Talking to babies - Interview with a linguist3m
Language and machine learning - Interview with a brain imaging expert3m
Language, (embodied) cognition and culture6m
Reading3 readings
Introduction10m
Cracking the code of language0m
Media literacy0m
Quiz3 practice exercises
What do you know already about language development?8m
Test your knowledge on speech and language development10m
What did you learn about speech and language development?30m

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4 hours to complete

Social-emotional development

In this fifth week of the course, we will pay attention to social-emotional development....
Reading
5 videos (Total 40 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
Language and behavior problems - Interview with a linguist3m
Social-emotional problems - Interview with a developmental psychologist4m
Ethnic and socio-economical influences - Interview with an interdisciplinary social scientist5m
Integration11m
Reading3 readings
Introduction10m
Culture and the development of emotions0m
More on social-emotional development30m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Test your knowledge on social-emotional development10m
What did you learn about social-emotional development?2m

6

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3 hours to complete

The big picture

In this final week of this course, you will be challenged to fit it all together and see the big picture....
Reading
2 videos (Total 11 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Reading4 readings
Introduction10m
Final survey10m
Acknowledgements3m
There's more where that came from!10m
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Top Reviews

By KLAug 18th 2017

It was very interesting and I really enjoyed this course. Thank you very much.

By EKFeb 11th 2018

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Instructor

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dr. Jorg Huijding

Associate Professor Clinical Child and Family Studies

About Utrecht University

Utrecht University is a research university comprising seven faculties which collectively span the entire academic spectrum in teaching and research. Founded in 1636, the University is now a modern, leading institute enjoying a growing international reputation. In the Shanghai Ranking, Utrecht University ranks 1st in the Netherlands, 17th in Europe and 56th worldwide. The research focuses on four main strategic themes: Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability. Our motto is: Bright minds, better future....

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