Saul McLeodpublishedupdated Developmental psychology is a scientific approach which aims to explain growth, change and consistency though the lifespan. A significant proportion of theories within this discipline focus upon development during childhood, as this is the period during an individual's lifespan when the most change occurs. Developmental psychologists study a wide range of theoretical areas, such as biological, social, emotion, and cognitive processes. Empirical research in this area tends to be dominated by psychologists from Western cultures such as North American and Europe, although during the s Japanese researchers began making a valid contribution to the field.
Every resource is designed to help instructors make their classes as engaging and thought provoking as possible. Some resources are class activities, summaries, figures, hour-long lesson plans, and snippets to augment longer lesson plans.
Please consider submitting your best teaching ideas. A class-long game comparing and contrasting language 'development' during the game with children's language development. A class demonstration where even college students fail to reach concrete operations provides a bridge to discussing information processing theory, by introducing the ideas of task analysis and working memory.
A class demonstration involving a magic trick where one of many balloons does not pop illustrates how we study conceptual development during infancy. Carol Gilligan's In a Different Voice: A class-long structured discussion of Gilligan's famous work on moral development. Excerpts from her book emphasize the broader questions about how we can take our perspective as 'normal' and bias the way we understand developmental psychology.
Canalization in Attachment Theory: A demonstration to dramatize why attachment styles are relatively stable and illustrate the broader psychological theme that our way of construing reality impacts reality. Diana Baumrind's Parenting Styles: Read the original prototypical descriptions of the Baumrind's parenting styles and structure a class role-play discussion.
Are men from Mars and women from Venus? A lesson explaining the difference between a categorical and statistical difference, an effect size, and a meta-analysis.
A handout summarizes robust sex differences. Jean Piaget's Genetic Epistemology: A one page summary graph of Piaget's famous theoretical book Genetic Epistemology to provide structre for a graduate class discussion.
A structured set of discussion questions for the first day of class to introduce developmental psychology and set a tone for open class discussions. Big Developmental Psychology Questions: Handout of the big questions developmental psychology theories seek to answer?
Connect specific studies to the big picture. On the first day of class, I introduce our emphasis on how developmental psychologists discover things with this short activity that illustrates how challenging it is to be good scientists.
Learn about factor analysis using a metaphorical sea monster only partially visible above the sea.Developmental psychology is the branch of psychology that focuses on how people grow and change over the course of a lifetime. Those who specialize in this field are not just concerned with the physical changes that occur as people grow; they also look at the social, emotional, and cognitive development that occurs throughout life.
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Experience Developmental Psychology: For this assignment you will interview 4 individuals at different stages of life, post your observations and discuss them with your colleagues.
This assignment begins when the course begins and ends when the course ends. You are responsible for maintaining the quality . Theories Developmental Psychology Child Development Theories and Examples By Kendra Cherry and age two during which an infant's knowledge of the world is limited to his or her sensory perceptions and motor activities.
Behaviors are limited to simple motor responses caused by sensory stimuli. Child Development. 8th ed. USA: Pearson. The following teaching resources were created by those who teach Developmental Psychology or a related topic.
Every resource is designed to help instructors make their classes as engaging and thought provoking as possible. Good quality activities will cover more than one area of development. For example, allowing children to access the outdoors will not only support their physical development, but encourage their communication and exploration of their environment.
Developmental psychology is the scientific study of how and why human beings change over the course of their life. There is good evidence for older infants preferring the smell of their mother to that of others. old age is the stage in which individuals assess the quality of their lives.
In reflecting on their lives, people in this.