Course Description

This course explores the development of young children's thinking and learning. A critical analysis of cognitive theory and research and their relevancy to instructional practice will provide students with an in-depth understanding of early thinking and learning processes. The role of the professional in early learning contexts and the guidance of children's cognitive growth will be examined. Topics of discussion include the development of attention, memory, symbolic representation, reasoning, problem solving, social cognition, cultural perspectives and individual differences.


This course is fully online and asynchronous, meaning you typically will not have to be online at specific times. You will engage in course-related activities through online tools such as announcements, discussions, and email. Your course learning will be based on weekly module content and activities that you can go through independently. Note: there are still deadlines for assignment submissions, and you may be expected to participate in discussion board interactions with your peers on a regular basis.

Your instructor may also include occasional scheduled sessions for Q&As and other discussion activities, using web conferencing tools such as Zoom and Google Meet. More details will be included in your course outline available on the first day of class.


Prerequisites: (CLD 103, CPSY 102, CLD 262) or Direct Entry or in Language and Intercultural Relations Program

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