Infant and Early Childhood Cognition OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate Course on Early Childhood Cognitive Development by MIT

Published Feb 06, 2009

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'Infant and Early Childhood Cognition' uses the cognitive development process in infants and children to introduce key elements of cognition and psychology. The bachelor's-degree level OpenCourseWare, offered free from MIT's Brain and Cognitive Science department, also familiarizes students with research and publication protocols.

Infant and Early Childhood Cognition: Course Specifics

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Infant and Early Childhood Cognition: Course Description

The OpenCourseWare version of 'Infant and Early Childhood Cognition' provides an undergraduate-level introduction to human cognition by tracing cognitive development processes in infants and children. PowerPoint slides provide summaries of lectures from MIT assistant professor Laura Schulz, and are the primary method of teaching in the OpenCourseWare. Textbook readings cover Piaget's theories of childhood development as well as newer theoretical models. Supplementary reading materials discuss individual concepts in infant cognitive development, including imagination, causation and language and number acquisition. The OpenCourseWare also introduces principles of experimental methodology for conducting psychology and child development research. Written assignments introduce students to the process of publishing original research prompting students to write research proposals and peer-review style critiques of papers. 'Infant and Early Childhood Cognition' OpenCourseWare is based on one of the core curriculum requirements in the bachelor's degree program in Brain and Cognitive Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The OpenCourseWare includes lecture slides, reading citations and guidelines for written assignments. If you are interested in 'Infant and Early Childhood Cognition,' visit the child neurodevelopment course page.

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