Understanding child development: from synapse to society

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Social-emotional development
    • In this fifth week of the course, we will pay attention to social-emotional development.
  • The big picture
    • In this final week of this course, you will be challenged to fit it all together and see the big picture.