Undergraduate Seminar

Seminar

Students learn with their heads and their hearts

In conjunction with a two-semester seminar course on toddler development, 16 college students complete their fieldwork by working one morning a week in the Toddler Center. 

Seminar meets on Tuesdays, 12:50pm-2:50pm

Course requirements include active participation in seminar, a weekly observation journal, weekly readings, participation in the Toddler Center classroom, research projects, and papers.

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The course involves

  • working as an Assistant Teacher in the Toddler Center one morning per week, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • participating in a weekly, year-long seminar on toddler development (Psy BC 3465x, 3466y). This is an 8 credit course. Developmental Psychology is a prerequisite.

NOTE: Students must be able to participate in BOTH Semesters.

The seminar is designed to complement the classroom experience of working with and learning about toddlers. While students experience the process of development firsthand in the Center throughout the year, the seminar provides a theoretical base regarding the development of toddlers. The combination of reading theoretical and research writings in the field of child development provides a unique way to learn about an important developmental period.

Throughout the year, students learn about child observation and development. Readings primarily focus on socio-emotional aspects of development as children move from their primary relationship with their parents into new relationships, including with peers.Toddlerhood represents a time when children both separate from their primary attachment figures and begin to form new relationships. This period of development allows us to study both separation/individuation and roots of friendship and peer interactions.

If you are interested in learning more about the 2020-21 Fieldwork and Research Seminar, please come to the information session held in the spring. You can also email Professor Klein at tklein@barnard.edu and download the application here: SeminarApplication.pdf

 

Research Poster

2019 Toddler Center Student Research Projects & Presentations:

Taylor-Wolfe, M., Weickart, A., West, E. (April 2019). How Do Parents Decide When to Have Children? Poster presented at the Barnard Department of Psychology Spring Research Symposium; New York, NY.

Ramirez, S., Tafreshi, R., Workman, A. (April 2019). The Balancing Act: Challenges and Changes Associated with Work and Family After Experiencing Parenthood. Poster presented at the Barnard Department of Psychology Spring Research Symposium; New York, NY.

Apostolato, C., Simba, A., Valoth, S. (April 2019). Finding the Right Fit: How Toddler Parents Navigate the Work-Family Balance. Poster presented at the Barnard Department of Psychology Spring Research Symposium; New York, NY.

Choi, C., Najmaie, P., Taswell, I. (April 2019). Changes in Personal Perceptions: The Transformative Experience of Parenthood. Poster presented at the Barnard Department of Psychology Spring Research Symposium; New York, NY.