Adult Education

Early Childhood Psychology

Portmarnock Community School Adult Education Department

Early Child Psychology

Course Outline:

Week 1: Introduction:

  • Understanding how children are different to adults
  • Early childhood education/practice in Ireland

Week 2: Development:

  • How does development occur?
  • Newborn development

Week 3: The development of thinking

  • Intelligence
  • Creativity
  • Perception & memory

Week 4: The development of language

  • Language development
  • Language processing

Week 5: Social Development

  • Attachment
  • Friendships
  • temperament

Week 6: Emotional Development

  • Aggression
  • Relating to others

Week 7: Play & learning

  • Types of play
  • Types of learning
  • Models of early education

Week 8: Identity & Self

  • Personality
  • Peer relations
  • Children’s rights

Week 9: Family & Parenting

  • Parenting styles
  • Family roles

Week 10: Recap

Starts 23rd Jan. 2018     10 weeks  €100    7:30 – 9:30pm

About the Tutor: Sarah Hughes

I am a psychology PhD student in child and youth research. I have a 2.1 BA in Psychology and an Msc in Applied Psychology. I teach undergraduate statistics labs and seminars in Trinity College Dublin, Child Development tutorials in St Patrick’s Drumcondra and I teach Psychology on the DCU summer scholars programme for gifted children.  I have previously taught an adult education QQI level 6 Child Psychology course in Scoil Mhuire in Clane, Co. Kildare.


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