Children. Santrock. CHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTION. Child Development – Yesterday and Today. Tabula rasa – Locke – Children are born as blank slates – childhood experiences are therefore important. Original sin – Children are basically bad – rearing must provide salvation.
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Historical Accounts of Children – once treated as miniature adults – many views on how they should be reared.
The ideology, background, values, and political needs of legislators often shapes the social policy related to child development. Interest groups such as Children’s Defense Fund constantly strive to push for a social policy that benefits children.
Biological, Cognitive, and Socioemotional Processes:
These processes focus on the nature of physical, intellectual, linguistic, social, and emotional development in the child.