The eighth annual Conference on Infancy and Childhood at Utah State University, Monday, June 10, through Friday, June 14, explores the different contexts in which children develop intellectually from the smallest family setting to global-cultural factors.
Registration is ongoing until the conference begins by contacting USU's Conference and Institute Division, 750-1751."Nationally recognized professionals will look at child development in the intimacy of family unit and the global-cultural arena," said Dr. Frank Ascione, conference director and associate professor of psychology at USU.
The scope of the conference has been broadened this year to include study of older children.
Each consultant has one day to present research and conclusions and bring the audience into a discussion of the theme. Often, the consultant stays another day to respond to the next day's speaker and join the discussion.
On Monday, Roland Tharp, professor of education and psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, discusses "Coming Into the Culture: How Children Learn to Think, Feel and Value." He gives special attention to ways home and school create patterns of culturization. He compares these patterns among Native Americans, native Hawaiians and Euro-American cultures.
Barbara Wasik, professor of education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, speaks Tuesday on strategies to help parents deal more effectively with day-by-day situations in child rearing. She uses examples from Project CARE, an intervention program for at-risk infants that helps parents gain the skills they need to cope with their developing child.
The topic Wednesday is fatherhood and grandfatherhood as support agents for families, adolescent fathers and the transition to parenthood. Ross Parke, professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, then shows the positive and negative aspects of peer interaction and what factors influence a child's competence to deal with peers.
The University of Utah's Cynthia Berg, assistant professor of psychology, speaks Thursday about dissatisfaction with traditional measures of intelligence of adults who have completed their formal education. She talks about research that moves beyond the IQ test to explain practical intelligence and everyday problem solving ability.
The final speaker of the conference is Irving Sigel, distinguished research psychologist, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, N.J. His research examines parents' beliefs about children's intellectual and social development, how these beliefs affect a parents' role as teacher and how those behaviors influence children's academic and intellectual functioning.
More information about the conference is available from Dr.
Ascione, Department of Psychology, USU, Logan, UT 84322-2810, or by calling 750-1464.