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Theories of Human Development HDFS 3301 Dr. Trejos 2 What is Development? Development : • A progressive series of changes that occur in a predictable pattern as the result of interactions between biological and environmental factors 3 What is Theory? Theory A group of logically related statements that explains events that happened in the past as well as predicts events that will occur in the future.
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4 Functions of Theory It provides a guide that scientists can use in collecting the kinds of information they need. It help scientists in integrating a set of facts into general categories. It helps scientists to present material and information in an organized and coherent way 5 Developmental Theories 6 I. IT FOCUSES ON CHANGE OVER TIME Three tasks are presented: 1. To describe changes within areas of behavior 2. To describe changes in the relations among areas of behavior 3. To explain the course of development that has been described
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7 2. VALUE OF DEVELOPMENTAL THEORY • It organizes and gives meaning to facts.
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Unformatted text preview: It guides further research. 8 3. MAIN ISSUES DEVELOPMENTAL THEORIES ADDRESS 4 Critical Issues: 1) What is the Basic Nature of Humans? Based on main views on developmental psychology 9 2) Is Development Qualitative or Quantitative? Qualitative-changes in kind or type; typically involve changes in structure or organization. Quantitative-changes in amount, frequency or degree. Most developmentalists agree that both types of changes occur. 10 3) How do Nature and Nurture Contribute to Development?-How or in what manner nature & nurture interact to produce development-Theories differ in whether they emphasize nature or nurture 11 4) Essence of development depends on where theoretical assumptions lie Level of analysis (e.g., from cells to societies) Focus on structure (behavior and personality) or process (functions) Content (for example, personality or cognition) Methodology (e.g., survey, interviews)...
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