Here you will answer various questions related to this module and larger societal and cultural trends. I encourage you to include your personal experiences and observations as part of these discussions. You will also read and comment upon the answers of your peers. Your participation in these discussion boards will be evaluated using the rubric provided in the discussion forum within Canvas.
Considering the many theoretical alternatives to the traditional, long-standing models, how do you think the newer theories meet a need in understanding child development and parenting?
· Reflect upon the additional resources about theoretical perspectives (Feminist, Gilligan's Stages of Moral Development, Intersectionality, Racism framework).
· What theory makes the most sense to you or was the most interesting?
· Briefly explain the theory as part of your explanation
· How can you relate your own experience or that of someone close to you to one of these theories?
· Share an example from either the child or parent perspective.
Continue the dialogue!! After posting, make sure to comment on at least 2 of your classmates' posts.
Additional resources below:
Consider Feminist Theory as it applies to child development and parenting. As you read through the linked article, consider the following questions in preparation for the discussion:
· How are children conditioned to understand gender, their roles in society, and what is expected of them?
· What can parents do, from a Feminist perspective, to address inequality and oppression?
· Is the role of mothers different from that of fathers in this responsibility?
· How does your textbook present theoretical frameworks, and do they address issues of gender inequality and social construction? Which ones?
How to Raise a Feminist Son - New York Times (Click the link)
Alternative to Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Development
Kohlberg's stages of moral development are often used broadly across developmental science. However, Kohlberg's premise relies heavily on the experience and expectations traditionally constructed for boys and men. Many women end up "stuck" in lower levels of development, according to Kohlberg's theory, due to the differences in socialization and more tendency to focus on caring and responsibility for others. Please view the following video with a description and examples of how Gilligan's theory differs from that of Kohlberg.
Carol Gilligan's Theory of Moral Development (click the link)
Understanding Racism: a Theoretical Framework
In the following article, a theoretical framework is discussed that involves 3 levels of racism: institutional racism, personally mediated racism, and internalized racism. The author uses a gardening metaphor to explain the different types, and we can directly relate this example to what we might see in child development.
Levels of Racism: A Theoretic Framework and a Gardener’s Tale (click the link)