Discussion Question Wk 7

Schools, peers, and the media can impact a child’s development. In schools, teachers play a role in encouraging academic success and student involvement. The characteristics of the school itself also can influence student involvement. For example, larger schools increase the sense of anonymity in students, and teachers are often hard-pressed to provide individualized instruction.

Peers aid in socialization, often through the act of play. Even young children begin to prefer to play with other children rather than play by themselves or with adults. Children often model their behaviors based on their peers. Peers can reinforce behaviors (which may be desirable or undesirable by caregivers or teachers), encourage socially appropriate behavior and attitudes, establish age-related values, and help children learn how to interact with others.

Although television and electronic media impact a child’s development, keep in mind that they only provide the medium for delivery of the message. The medium itself is neither inherently good nor bad. However, the harmful effects of television content (e.g., violence can increase aggressive behavior in viewers; stereotyped portrayals of ethnic and minority groups can leave viewers with inaccurate beliefs about these groups) are more readily recalled than the beneficial influences of some content (e.g., programs such as Sesame Street teach basic cognitive and pro-social skills to their young viewers).

For this Discussion, you will examine social-development theories as they relate to the impact of schools, peers, and media.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review this week’s Learning Resources and consider social-emotional development theories as they relate to the impact of schools, peers, and media.
  • Select a current event or news item about a child/children in which the impact of schools, peers, or media was integral.
By Day 4

Post a brief description of the event or news item you selected. Then conceptualize and explain this event within the framework of social-emotional development theories. Be sure to include references to the impact of schools, peers, and/or media specific to the event or item. Provide a reference to the current event or news item and a link, if possible. Use proper APA format and citations.

readings for this week, only view whichever you want to answer question

 

Berk, L. E. (2014). Development through the lifespan (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.
Chapter 8, “Emotional and Social Development in Early Childhood” (pp. 254–286)
Chapter 10, “Emotional and Social Development in Middle Childhood” (pp. 328–358)

Deaton, S. (2015). Social learning theory in the age of social media: Implication for educational practitioners. Journal of Educational Technology, 12(1), 1–6.
Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

Green, L., & Brady, D. (2014). Do Australian children trust their parents more than peers when seeking support for online activities? Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 28(1), 112–122. doi:10.1080/10304312.2013.854866
Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

Martins, N., & Wilson, B. J. (2012). Mean on the screen: Social aggression in programs popular with children. Journal of Communication, 62(6), 991–1009. doi:10.1111/j.1460-2466.2012.01599.x
Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

Required Media

Laureate Education. (Producer). (2010b). How does media influence childhood behavior and beliefs? [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Note:  The approximate length of this media piece is 3 minutes.

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Optional Resources

Denham, S. A. (2007). Dealing with feelings: How children negotiate the worlds of emotions and social relationships. Cognition Brain Behavior, 11(1), 1–48.

Holmes, R. M. (2012). The outdoor recess activities of children at an urban school: Longitudinal and intraperiod patterns. American Journal of Play, 4(3), 327–351.

Zichermann, G. (Producer). (2011). How games make kids smarter [Video file]. Retrieved August 26, 2016, from http://www.ted.com/talks/gabe_zichermann_how_games_make_kids_smarter

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 16 minutes.

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