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Unformatted text preview: 1 Theories of development Focus: Piagets theory Overview Theoretical approaches continued. : Difference between theory (predictions) and evidence (observations). Why focus on historical theories if they are no longer considered the best explanations? Illustration of thematic ideas focusing on one influential developmental theory: Piaget Brief Introduction to Piagets stage theory of intellectual development A theory where the balance favors the environment : Piagets stage theory Not completely blank slate, but blank- ish: very little early knowledge/structure only very basic GENERAL learning mechanisms Constructivist child plays an active role in achieving developmental outcomes (Child as scientist metaphor) Stage like discontinuities in development NEW THEME: Continuous versus discontinuous (stage- like) development Example: conservation of liquid quantity And: close scrutiny of transition points matters: Answers that are not easily placed a one stage or another:...
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This note was uploaded on 01/13/2012 for the course PSYCH 105 taught by Professor Schwartz during the Fall '08 term at UCSB.
- Fall '08