The Study of Human Development. The Development of Children (5 th ed.) Cole, Cole & Lightfoot Chapter 1. Basic Concepts. Developmental psychology A study of physical , cognitive , and psychosocial changes that transpire throughout the course of human development.
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The Development of Children (5th ed.)
Cole, Cole & Lightfoot
Jean-Marc Itard and Victor, the Wild Boy of Aveyron
Industrial Revolution and Research into Child Labor Conditions
Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species
Phylogeny: The evolutionary history of a speciesOntogeny: Development of an individual organism over its lifetime
Sources of Development
Is the process of development gradual and continuous (primarily in the form of quantitative changes), or is it marked by abrupt, stagelike discontinuities(primarily in terms of qualitative changes)?
List three ways in which the person you were at the age of 5 differed from the person you were at the age of 15.
Label those differences as either qualitative or quantitative.
How do nature (biology) and nurture (environment) interact to produce development?
Nature of man
Gender and mathematics: A case in point…
List two major ways in which you are like your best friend and two major ways in which the two of you are different.
What causal factors do you think are primarily responsible for these similarities and differences?
To what degree, and under what conditions, is development open to change and intervention?
Konrad Lorenz & Goslings
How do people come to have stable individual characteristics that differentiate them from one another?
Criteria of Scientific Description
Methods of Data Collection
The Role of Theory
How do you think one might go about finding the answer?
Gesell & Freud
Watson & Skinner
Mediated by culture
A transition point in development during which a convergence of biological, social, and behavioral changes occurs to cause distinctively new forms of child functioning.