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Dr. Josh Thompson (he/him)

Professor Early Childhood Education

Department of Curriculum & Instruction

Office Location: EdSouth 204

Office Hours: By appointment

Phone: 903-886-5537


Professional Vita

Child Development

Course Description: This course examines theoretical and empirical research along with practical experience relating to young children. Physical, Language, Aesthetic, Cognitive, Emotional, and Social (P.L.A.C.E.S.) developmental domains are explored and implications for curriculum design and learning environments are drawn.

Welcome to our online early childhood education course on Child Development and Observation.

Syllabus posted here soon, and course schedule.

You are invited to PLAY! to celebrate learning about the amazing early language learners, and how to become the best teachers for young Texans. My twitter handle is @billyjoshtex and my LinkedIn id is Josh Thompson, Ph.D.

Required textbook: link to free online textbook posted here soon.

Option resource, graduate-level text: Berk, L. (2019). Exploring Child Development. Pearson.


Start with what we know of the child. Picture her in her glory. Watch him as he grows. Know him as he wants to be known.

Let's follow some leads, some trends in Child Development to dig deeper:

Developmentally Appropriate Practice

Domains of Development

Physical Domain .pptx

Language Domain .pptx

Aesthetic Domain .pptx

Cognitive Domain .pptx

Emotional Domain .pptx

Social Domain .pptx

Ages and Stages or Waves & Cycles

Montessori Planes of Development

PIES to P.L.A.C.E.S.


Annenberg Media (2005).

ASCD. (2013). Whole Child Indicators. Available online at

ASCD. (2016). Whole Child Podcast: Changing the Conversation about Education; available on the first Thursday of every month; listen to archived episodes. Learn more about how we can work at the local, state, and federal levels to ensure that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Subscribe now:

CCIE. (2016). Exchange Everyday. Redmond, WA: Childcare Information Exchange. Delivered five days a week containing news, success stories, solutions, trend reports, and much more. Enroll in ExchangeEveryDay, a daily electronic newsletter all about early childhood education. This will help you keep up-to-date with all things topical and pertinent in early childhood education. ExchangeEveryDay is the official electronic newsletter for It will be delivered to you five days a week bringing news stories, success stories, solutions, trend reports, and much more. To subscribe to ExchangeEveryDay, a free daily e-newsletter, go to

Dallas Association for the Education of Young Children.

National Association for the Education of Young Children. (2009). Developmentally Appropriate Practice. Washington, DC: NAEYC. Available online: See also

Petty, Karen. (2010). Developmental Milestones. Minneapolis: Redleaf Press. ISBN 9781605540054

Society for Research in Child Development. Child Development.

Southern Association for the Education of Young Children. Dimensions of Early Childhood.

Texas Association for the Education of Young Children. (2016). Special Issue on Pathways to Becoming an Early Childhood Professional. Early Years: Journal of Texas Association for the Education of Young Children (member benefit). Austin, Texas: TAEYC. Membership available online at

Texans Care for Children. (2009). A Parent’s Guide to Raising Happy Children. Available online:

Texas Early Learning Council. (2013). Little Texans, Big Futures: Your Early Learning Guide for Infants, Toddlers, and Three-Year-Olds. Available online:

Texas Education Agency (TEA). (2016) Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

Wood, Chip. (2007). Yardsticks: Children in the Classroom Ages 4-14 (3rd ed.). Turner Falls, MA: Northeast Foundation for Children. ISBN: 1892989190

ZERO TO THREE’s monthly e-newsletter, which delivers research, parenting tips and tricks, and fun playtime activities right to your inbox each month. Subscribe now:

ChildCaseStudy .pdf

Observation of Children in the Field

Observation Guidelines .pdf


Observation .htm

Power of Observation .pdf

Interpreting Observations .htm

Interpreting Observations .ppt

Child Case Study .pdf 


Comer 2005 Development .rtf

Principles of Development .ppt

Infant Cry .ppt

Joanne Hendricks The Whole Child: A Caregiver's Guide to the First Five Years

Moral Development

Ellen Gallinsky Mind in the Making: Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs


A Linear View of Theorists.doc

Berk CD8 Ch01 .ppt

Berk CD8 Ch06 .ppt


Berk CD8 Ch02 .ppt

Children from Hard Places

Momentous Institute, in Oak Cliff

Karen Purvis TBRI Trust Based Relational Intervention


(Let me know of any missing or broken links)
We will not use all of these, but they are interesting and informative to our objectives for this course on Child Development.
Touch & Play in Development - Dr. Karen Purvis on KERA Think
Growing up Different 

    ASCD The Whole Child Compact:

Healthy Marriage Healthy Family
Healthy Marriage Initiative ACF HHS .gov

What is 'Healthy Marriage'? .pdf

Harvard Family Research Project

Nat'l Council on Family Relations

Nat'l Network of Partnership Schools

Parents as Teachers

Smart Marriages

UNT Center for Parent Ed

Family Life .ppt

PTA 2009 National Standards for Family-School Partnerships

Baby Moses

Men in the Lives of Children
Why Children Need Father-Love and Mother-Love .ppt

Nat'l Center on Fathering

Secrets of Married Men

Men in Early Childhood Care & Education New Zealand

Boy in School

Moral Education Young Adults The Marshmallow Test

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