Children's Communication: Theory, Research, & Applications
3 Semester Credits
COMM 427/527 introduces students to communication theories and research in early childhood through middle childhood. The course examines the development of nonverbal communication, language and cognition, verbal communication, as well as development of children's communication competence in various relational contexts (e.g., family, friendships, significant adults, etc) and mediated contexts (e.g., child-TV interfacing).
A positive approach to children's communication is emphasized featuring the role of adults in providing children with necessary communication resources for their empowerment.