This (one trimester) course introduces the theories and current research that form the foundation of the study of human development from conception through adolescence. Topics include perception, learning theories, cognition, memory, language and social and moral development. Additional topics incude psychological disorders, heredity and environment, temperament, attachment, developmental milestones and expectations, childrearing practices, and gender and cultural perspectives. Required class time includes observations and short assessments of the children in the GFS Daycare, Preschool, and Lower School.