BES-121: Childhood and Growing Up

By Dr Elizabeth Kuruvilla   |   Indira Gandhi National Open University
Learners enrolled: 2748
The Course offers an introduction to the study of childhood, child development and adolescence. It aims to make you think effectively about the developmental process of the child and the interplay of poverty, class and gender in child development. This Course will widen your knowledge about child development; stimulate you to know more about the debates in childhood and adolescence, and the importance of understanding childhood and adolescence in the teaching-learning process. The course will be offered for 12 weeks that includes e-text, videos and discussion forum. There will be weekly quiz and term-end examination for assessment of this Course. 
Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 01 Feb 2022
End Date :
Exam Date :
Enrollment Ends : 15 Mar 2022
Category :
  • Teacher Education
Credit Points : 4
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout


Module Name

Week 1

Concept of Childhood and Adolescence

Week 2

Socialization and Growing Up in Diverse Contexts

Week 3

Agencies of Socialization

Week 4

Understanding Growth and Development

Week 5

Different Perspectives in Child Development

Week 6

Dimensions of Child Development

Week 7

Methods of Studying Children and Adolescents- Part I

Week 8

Methods of Studying Children and Adolescents- Part II

Week 9

Growing Up with Media

Week 10

Issues Affecting Adolescents

Week 11

Life Skills Education for Adolescents

Week 12

Child Rights and Legislation

Books and references

1. Aries, P.(1962). Centuries of childhood. Harmondsworth: Penguin

2. Berk, Laura E . (2011). Child development. Delhi: PHI Learning Pvt. Ltd

3. Kail, Robert V. & Cavanaugh, John C.(2013). Human development- A life-span view. US: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.

4. Santrock, John W.(2007).Adolescence. New Delhi: Tata McGraw-Hill Publishing Company Ltd.

5. Kuther, T.L.(2017). Lifespan Development.UK: Sage Publications Ltd.

Instructor bio

Dr Elizabeth Kuruvilla

Indira Gandhi National Open University
Dr. Elizabeth Kuruvilla enjoys the distinction of having her Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. degrees from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. Presently, she is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education, IGNOU, New Delhi. In addition to publishing many papers in various journals, she has participated and acted as a resource person in various seminars and workshops. She also contributed various units in self-learning materials of different programmes of School of Education, IGNOU. Her areas of specialization are educational psychology, social science, teacher education, educational management and administration, and distance education.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn. However, if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres. Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be provided.

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