Examples Of Development In Childhood Development

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Childhood Development through a Cumulative Approach Bindiya Vallabh CHLD 112 Abstract: A child’s life is can be characterized by both qualitative and quantitative growth and in terms of how nature and nurture can shape and define the life of a child. Careful evaluation of these qualities can provide insight to the physical transformation of the body and to the maturing of the mind in both mental and emotional processing. Equally intriguing is the pace of this growth which is unique on an individual level but can be assessed on a categorical level. This philosophy, taking into account the various stages of growth in both qualitative and quantitative terms, the roles of nature and nurture influencing the growth, along with the pace at which a child develops, is an appropriate vehicle to evaluate and understand the differences existing amongst children and their respective ages. Within the realm of developmental psychology, there are many schools of thought regarding the growth of a child. The nature versus nurture theory is well known as it aims to identify the degrees to which nature (biology) and nurture (environment) can influence development. Additionally, development can further be evaluated through continuous and discontinuous change. Continuity in development is viewed as a gradual, cumulative change from conception to death while discontinuity is believed to be a sequence of distinct stages. Behaviorists like Vygotsky who favor continuity, focus on the quantitative changes in amount of growth such as changes in height and weight. Contrastingly, theorists such as Piaget and Erikson favor distinct stages of growth focusing on qualitative changes where the growth pattern is discontinuous. Su... ... middle of paper ... ...evelopment on an intimate level while also allowing the ability to see individual development based on qualitative and quantitative approaches. Considering the nature and nurture of the individual can further provide evidence to where a person’s development is when comparing to the development of other individuals. Works Cited 1.Rathus, S. A. (2014). 1.2. In Childhood voyages in development (5th ed., pp 19 ). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning. 2.Sammons, A (2010). "Tests of egocentrism"(PDF). Psychlotron.org.uk. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 3.Erikson, E. H. (1994). Identity: Youth and crisis (No. 7). WW Norton & Company. 4.Vygotsky, L.S. (1978). Mind in Society. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 5.McDevitt, T. M., & Ormrod, J. E. (2013). Child Development and Education (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

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