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Notes 011408 - HDFS 129 What is Human Development It is the...

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HDFS 129 January 14, 2008 What is Human Development? It is the scientific study of quantitative and qualitative change over time. Developmental Change: 1. is orderly 2. is life long 3. produces change not there previously 4. results in higher functioning 5. includes the development of: Language Motor Skills Daily living skills Cognition – ability to think and reason Social & emotional skills Why study Human Development? It offers an understanding of: Parenting Self Departures from the norm Policies in society The media’s influence 8 Developmental Periods 1. Prenatal (conception to birth) 2. Infancy (birth to age 2) 3. Early Childhood (2 – 5 years) 4. Middle and Late Childhood (6 - 11 years) 5. Adolescence (10 - 12 to 18 - 21 years) 6. Early Adulthood (20s - 30s) 7. Middle Adulthood (35 – 45 to 60s) 8. Late Adulthood (60s – 70s to death)
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HDFS 129 January 16, 2008 Age A dimension of social organization It affects one’s position in society; Changes include: Status Expectations Standards of behavior Cognitive ability – the ability to think and reason Social competence Physical skill History of Childhood
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