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Learning Objectives

1.Summarize the changes in growth and motor development in preschool children.
2.List and describe the developmental milestones of the brain and the nervous system in early childhood.
3.Identify the most common health issues of children in early childhood.
4.Summarize the research on sleep problems in early childhood.
5.Summarize the issues involved in abuse and neglect of children.
6.Describe Piaget's view of cognitive development during the preschool period.
7.List and describe five kinds of play behaviors.
8.Summarize the challenges to Piaget's view.
9.Summarize the research on theories of mind.
10.Describe the alternative theories of early childhood thinking.
11.Explain how preschoolers use fast-mapping to increase their vocabularies.
12.Summarize the increase in grammar in the preschool years.
13.Describe the development of phonological awareness in the preschool years.
14.Identify the issues involved in measuring intelligence.
15.Describe the issues surrounding the origins of the differences in intelligence.
16.State the pros and cons involved in using the computer to teach young children.
17.Summarize the research findings on racial differences in IQ.
18.Identify the pros and cons of intelligence testing of preschool children.

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