Lifespan Development: A Topical Approach. Robert S. Feldman. Orientation What is Human Development? . It is a pattern of movement and change Some things change Some things stay the same Movement & change include growth, transition, and decline. The Lifespan Perspective. History
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Robert S. Feldman
These are not standard across textbooks. However, they roughly agree.
We will not be studying these theories directly in this course. However, their general principles may be referred to in explaining developmental events or processes. If you feel that you need to review them, I would recommend:
1. your textbook
2. any Introduction to Psychology textbook
3. www. allpsych.com
5. Google the word in question, e.g., psychoanalysis, ethology, B. F. Skinner, etc.
Perspective here has profound effects on:
Concern for the tradition of learning/socialization:
Judith Harris (Nature Assumption, 1998) says parents not important; genes and peers rule.
Views of the meaning of life:
Was man made for nature/society or nature/society for man?