As those who’ve done this course will know, there is a LOT of course needing to be revised. So much in fact that, unless you’ve nothing else to do, there’s no way to do it all to the required level.
However, there is the advantage that the usual rule for courses is that a given topic is only examined once (update: unless the course is ED209). Therefore anything covered on assignments can be dropped which takes out a surprising amount for this course since all the essay questions had two options.
Moreover, each question on the exam paper is confined to a single chapter.
Take those together and what remains are the following chapters:
Book 1: Psychological development and early childhood
- ch3: Sensation to perception
- ch4: Early cognitive development
- ch5: Temperament and development
- ch7:First relationships
Book 2: Children’s personal and social development
- ch3: Children’s interactions:siblings and peers
- ch5: Gender identity and the development of gender roles
- ch6: National identities in children and young people
- ch7: Young consumers
Book 3: Cognitive and language development in children
- ch1: Early category representation and concepts
- ch2: First words
- ch4: The development of children’s understanding of grammar
- ch5: Executive functions in childhood development and disorder
- ch6: Understanding minds
Thanks to Martin, our tutor, for doing the hard work on the above. The ones in bold are those also selected by Tim who has a brilliant set of notes should you want to reduce the revision time even more. Personally, I’m using the Erica Cox notes which equate to something like a half dozen pages per chapter so around 70 pages to do all the above chapters.
To reduce revision time even more don’t forget that you only need to answer TWO questions from the above (plus the seen question!). Thus you only need to revise two of the books ie around 50 pages of the Erica Cox notes. Is it worth cutting it down that much? If it’s a choice of revising two books well or three not so well then I’d go for two; the third book is basically there as insurance against two questions that you really don’t like from one of the books.
Anyway, ’tis back to make a start on actually writing TMA7 (ie the seen question) tomorrow for me and, hopefully, the first run through of one revision chapter. Incidently, on that question, don’t forget that you’ve only got around 50 minutes to write out the answer so don’t be drafting more than around 7001000 words unless you write really fast.Copyright © 2004-2014 by Foreign Perspectives. All rights reserved.
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