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    Lifespan Studies topics focus on skills needed for understanding relationships across the lifecycle.  Strategies for understanding self, as well as for dealing with change, help students cope with the challenges of living in today’s world.  Students armed with these coping strategies are more likely to be involved in positive relationships in their family, school, community and workplace.


    The content topics in the Lifespan Studies Core course allow students to meet commencement level New York State Learning Standards for Family & Consumer Sciences as well as Career Development and Occupational Studies.  In addition, they are aligned the National Family & Consumer Sciences Standards.  This course is an option for completing the parenting education graduation requirement for any student.


    All students are members of current and future families.  Understanding the dynamics of relationships is key to a successful future in home, school, community, and workplace settings.  Employers stress the importance of employees demonstrating personal and interpersonal skills in the workplace.


    The Human Services and Family Studies field is an important component of the economy of New York State and provides many opportunities for employment.  This course will help students explore career opportunities in this field and help them develop skills needed for employment.


    Course: Lifespan Studies CORE




    A.  Growth and Development Across the Lifespan (GD)

                1.  Historical Perspectives and Developmental Theories

    2.  Developmental Benchmarks

    3.  Principles of Growth and Development

    4.  Application of Process Skills to Lifespan Studies


    B.  Brain Development (B)

                1.  Influences on Growth and Development of the Brain

                2.  Development and Maturation of the Brain Throughout the Lifespan


    C.   Prenatal Development (P)

                1.  Influences on Prenatal Growth and Development


    D.  Childhood (C)

                1.  Growth and Development of Children

                2.  Nurturing Environment

                3.  Influences on Childhood Growth and Development


    E.  Adolescence (A)

                1.  Growth and Development of Adolescents

                2.  Influences on Adolescent Growth and Development

                3.  Identity Formation During Adolescence


    F.  Adult Years (AY)

                1.  Relationships in Family, Workplace, and Community

                2.  Transition During the Adult Years


    G. Elder Years (EY)

                1.  Influences on Health During the Elder Years


    H.  Current Issues and Events in Lifespan Studies (CIE)

    1.      Understanding Lifespan Issues and Events


    I.  Careers in Lifespan Studies (CP)

                1.   Career Paths in Lifespan Studies

                2.   Career Suitability for Lifespan Studies

Last Modified on October 7, 2022