theories in child development


Order Instructions:

You have covered a number of theories in child development this term, as well as how these theories help you to understand the developmental process from birth through adolescence. Piaget, Erikson, Vygotsky, Kohlberg, attachment theory, nature versus nurture, the influence of SES, and cultural implications are some of the major theories and concepts.

For this assignment first, select one developmental stage such as infancy — ages birth to 2; early childhood — ages 3 to 6; middle childhood — ages 7 to 12; or adolescence — ages 13 to 18. Explain the physical, social, and cognitive changes that are components of that stage of development.

Second, select and discuss one theory or concept that fits best with the stage of development you are discussing. Describe and explain the theory, list the theorist (if there is any), and how this theory appropriately fits with your selected developmental stage. For example, you might select infancy, and then describe the physical, social and cognitive changes that are part of infant development.

Then select one theory, for example Erikson’s Psychosocial Stages of Development, and explain what this theory says about infancy. This is just an example and you are certainly not limited to this idea. Lastly, discuss the impact that cultural factors could have on your selected stage of development. For example, in the infancy example you could discuss how culture may affect parenting styles