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Invitation to the Lifespan 4th Edition by Kathleen Stassen Berger
Please answer questions in A and B below.
A. Synchony and still-face technique:
Your textbook discusses synchony, the coordinated, rapid, smooth exchange of responses between a caregiver and an infant. Synchony emphasizes how the caregiver and infant are attuned to each other, and it is a powerful learning experience for the baby. Relatedly, the still-face technique describes a practice in which an adult keeps their face unmoving and expressionless in face-to-face interactions with an infant. Usually, infants become upset and seek to regain their caregiver’s attention.
– What do you believe can be the short-term and long-term effects of being non-responsive (or engaging in continued ‘still-face technique’) toward an infant? How do you feel still-face technique is related to attachment, or the bond that forms between an infant and caregiver?
– With increasing use of technology such as tablets and phones among infants, do you believe that infants can learn synchrony through people on the screen? Why or why not?
B. Infant Day Care:
In recent years, no issue has been more heatedly debated than the impact of infant day care on cognitive and psychosocial development. The volatility of the issue is understandable in the United States, a country in which fully half the families with young children have two working parents.
– Your textbook discusses various perspectives regarding Infant Day Care. What opinions have you heard from people within your cultural group or community regarding the use of Infant Day Care, and does this differ from your opinion? For example, are you or others around you more likely to prefer a family member or other close individual care for children, or are you more likely to prefer a daycare center? In your opinion, what are the benefits and drawbacks of each?
Please be concise and cover your points in the discussion in 300 words or more. Use information from your textbook or other sources and indicate the reference’s title, author, year and page numbers from where the information was paraphrased or quoted. Remember to post a reply to two of your classmates’ postings. No points are given for late postings.
To post to the discussion board: Click on the link below “Reply.” Inside your discussion always start by titling your post in bold. Post your peer responses by clicking on the button labeled “Reply” to engage in this discussion. You do this by clicking the “reply” button below the posting to which you wish to respond. After you have completed your entry click “post reply.”
Discussion Board (DB) Assignments:
Online discussion board postings will be assigned based selected readings (textbook/articles). A DB topic or question will be presented from material covered within each chapter (at times a DB topic may review a topic which is covered in more than one chapter).
Due dates and times for discussion topic posts and replies to peers are outlined in the course agenda and are due by 11:59pm on the respective due date.
There will be 13 discussion boards and you are required to participate in 11 out of the 13 discussions (15 points each).
I will grade all discussion boards using a rubric. Your discussion board response is worth 10 points, and each peer response is worth 2.5 points each.
Please note that I only grade first submissions of discussion board responses. Any submissions of “.” or anything similar as a placeholder to view others’ responses will be marked a zero.
Discussion Points are awarded for comments that reflect that you:
have read the required text and readings
have prepared the discussion questions in advance
have thought about the content
have attempted to understand the readings
are applying concepts from the chapter to both your post and response
are able to apply the content to “real life.”
In other words, quality comments reflect effort, accuracy, and thoroughness. If you do not understand the material, you can still earn participation points by demonstrating that you have made an effort to understand the material and that you have read the text. Trying to struggle with and figure out the information merits points. I expect you to make posts that directly address the discussion questions as well as respond to others’ postings.
Cover your points in the discussion in 300 words or more, using 3 paragraphs or more.
Use information from your textbook or other sources and indicate the reference’s title, author, year and page numbers from where the information was paraphrased or quoted.
Remember to reply to two of your classmates’ postings.
No points are given for late postings.
You will not earn points for posts/replies that do not meet the above criteria or for posts/replies that simply reflect information from your personal life without incorporating specific concepts and understanding of the chapter. Further, for your peer responses you will not earn points by simply stating that you agree or disagree with a classmate without fully supporting your opinion with concepts from the course material. Your peer response must enhance your peer’s post while incorporating concepts from the course material directly related to the discussion question. Suggested length for adequate peer responses are 125-175 words per response.
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