Imagine you have recently been contacted to interview for employment in the field of child development. To prepare for your interview, the interview committee has asked you to create an ePortfolio that contains specific artifacts so that they can determine whether or not you would be a good fit for the position. Below are the requirements for your ePortfolio that will need to be added to the ePortfolio site shell you created in Week One of the course.
Your ePortfolio’s homepage is your potential employer’s first impression, so it is important that your homepage is welcoming and capture’s a sense of who you are. Your ePortfolio’s homepage must include:
- Your name.
- A picture of yourself.
- A biography that explains a little bit about who you are. You can choose to include a written biography or create a YouTube video introducing yourself. If you choose to create a YouTube video, you can use the directions on this Webcam Quick Start Guide to help you.
- Upload your picture and biography to your homepage.
- Philosophy Subspace
As a professional ready to enter the field of child development it is important that you know where you stand regarding how children grow, develop, and learn. To help your potential employer know what you believe, you will need to create a philosophy statement. Remember that you should use the theorist/philosophy chart you created for the Week One, Discussion One to help guide you as you create your philosophy. Your philosophy statement must:
- Include your beliefs regarding how children grow, develop, and learn including typical and atypical development, as well as children with exceptionalities.
- Be grounded in research and supported by theory.
- Be a minimum of 500 words.
- Be uploaded to the Philosophy Subspace.
- Periods of Development Subspaces: One subspace for each of the five periods of development (Prenatal, Infancy and Toddlerhood, Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, and Adolescence for a total of five subspaces).
In Week Two of the course, you began creating Periods of Development Fact Sheets, either as PDFs or Glogsters, that included information on physical, language, and cognitive development. For your ePortfolio, add additional information to these sheets to demonstrate your comprehensive knowledge of child development domains. On the main page for Periods of Development, include a brief introduction that explains what you can find on each of the subspaces. Update your Periods of Development Fact Sheets so that each sheet:
- Explains at least two milestones that typically developing children should achieve in this stage of development for EACH developmental domain (e.g., two physical milestones, two cognitive milestones, two social-emotional milestones, two language milestones, two moral reasoning/self-regulation milestones). For preconception, you need to include all of the developmental milestones except moral reasoning/self-regulation.
- Explains at least two signs that may signal atypical development during this developmental stage.
- Identifies at least one social factor that influences this stage of development.
- Identifies at least one cultural factor that influences this stage of development.
- Describes (for each fact sheet, with the exception of your prenatal fact sheet) at least two play-based strategies that families can use to influence their children’s learning and development at this developmental stage. Please include your own unique example for each period of development fact sheets.
- Includes a combination of at least three videos or graphics that enhance the content presented on each page.
- Includes at least one reference on each page.
- Make sure to upload each of your PDFs or Glogster pages to the appropriate Period of Development Subspace.
- Family Communication Subspace
Working with families will be a large part of your job as a child development professional. There are different ways in which you will be working with families. For this subspace in your ePortfolio, you will include two different artifacts that demonstrate your ability to work with families in different modalities. Also, on the main page for Family Communication, include a brief introduction to what can be found on each of the Family Communication subspaces (Parent Presentation and Self-Regulation Newsletter).
- In Week Three of the course, you created a parent presentation that focused on parent involvement. Using the feedback that you received from your instructor, revise your parent presentation. After you have revised your presentation, you will need to do the following:
- Write a paragraph explaining how you revised your presentation from its original version.
- Upload your revised parent presentation and paragraph to your Family Communication Subspace.
- Create a self-regulation newsletter for one period of development (infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, or adolescence). You can present your newsletter either in written format or as a YouTube Video. If you need help creating your YouTube video, use this Webcam Quick Start Guide. Your newsletter/video will need to include the following information:
- A paragraph about the emotional development of children within this stage of development. (e.g., after age two, children talk about their feelings or preschoolers typically pick up strategies for regulating emotion by watching adults). Make sure to include emotional understanding, empathy, and the role that temperament plays with children this age.
- At least four specific tips for how you can help to promote emotional self-regulation at this stage of development (e.g., redirect the infants attention or parents/teachers or caregivers of preschoolers can use warm, patient verbal guidance that includes strategies to handle stress).
- At least two behavioral strategies that can be utilized to assist a child who is struggling with self-regulation.
- A concluding paragraph that outlines why good emotional self-regulation is vital for empathy to result in sympathy and prosocial behavior.
- Make sure to upload your newsletter or your video with a transcript of your talking points to your Family Communication Subspace.
- Professional Library Subspace
Part of being a child development professional is being able to locate resources to share with families. For this subspace in your ePortfolio, you will create a professional library. Please make sure the following is included in your library:
- At least five websites, videos, or books that are research based and could be easily shared with parents, families, or caregivers.
- For each of the resources, include two or three sentences that explain the developmental stage the resource most benefits and briefly summarize the resource.
- Review the references and sources you used in your discussions and assignments throughout the course. These may be good resources to include in your professional library.
- Make sure to upload your resources and your descriptions to your Professional Library Subspace.
- References Subspace
Use this subspace to create your references page for all of the different resources you used throughout your entire ePortfolio site. You must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Your reference subspace should include at least four resources in addition to the textbook . These sources should come from the assignments that you completed and uploaded to your ePortfolio. For example, the resources that you used to create your Periods of Development Fact Sheets should be included here.