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Chapter 1 - Introduction to Child Development Definitions...

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Introduction to Child Development Definitions What we’ll study Why study child development? History Big questions Methods
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Definitions Development = changes in behavior, thinking, emotions, brain Systematic, not random Many levels Many areas of psychology Many disciplines
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What We’ll Study Description of change Explanation of changes: mechanisms of development T1  T2  T3  T4 …….
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Why study child development? Understand self and others Understand children for your profession Effective parent Child development is interesting Other?
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History Philosophers Children’s well-being Technological advances Social changes Scientific research
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Big Questions/Enduring Themes Nature-nurture Active child Continuity/discontinuity Mechanisms of developmental change Sociocultural context Individual differences Research and children’s welfare
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3. Continuity vs. Discontinuity Continuous development: Age-related changes occur gradually
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