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Figure 1.1: Continuous vs. discontinuous development
Which side of this debate would you choose, land what evidence would you use to support your answer?
In summary, remember that there are some things that do not change as we age, but there are other thing
and change). Likewise, it is not just genetics that influences development, nor is it solely the env
combination of genetics and the environment that shapes us into the individuals that we become (nat
Finally, there are parts of our development that happen more gradually while other parts experience su
changes (continuity and discontinuity). Extreme positions on each of these positions as there will always
regarding how strongly development is influenced by each of them (Buss, 2012; Schaie, 2011).
While every individual path is unique, there are certain aspects of human development that are com
There are several characteristics that work together to form the lifespan perspective. The pattern of
complex because it encompasses biological, cognitive, socio-emotional, and spiritual processes.
Three major developmental issues that scholars have been debating for decades include stability vers
nature versus nurture, and continuity versus discontinuity.
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1. Explain each of the three developmental issues that scholars have historically debated.
debate examines whether (or to what degree) humans remain the same throughout the lifespa
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