After studying this course, you should be able to:
discuss how children's early experiences with their parents/caregivers, siblings and peers contribute to the learning of new skills and problem-solving techniques
understand how parents/caregivers use talk and play in informal teaching and learning exchanges with toddlers and young children to communicate social and cultural practices
understand key psychological and educational theories and concepts relating to children's social development and mental growth
appreciate the features of effective teaching used by parents and other adults in informal learning settings such as the home
appreciate why researchers rely on detailed observation of video-data to develop an understanding of the psychological processes that take place during teaching and learning interactions between young children and their parents/caregivers.