Developmental Psych 9 10 09

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Developmental Psych 9 10 09 Theories of Development Why theories = Why explain development To understand the world and humankind o Human nature o How we become who we are To change, improve the world o Raising children o Educating children o Help children with problems o Prevent problems: childhood and society Examples o Why are some children popular? o What causes juvenile delinquency? o How do babies become attached to their parents? How do we answer questions about development? o Research What children are like o Theories Why children are like this Why do we need theories? o Make order out of facts o Guide what we observe and study o Make predictions Theories solve the mysteries of development o Like a detective: Look for clues (facts) Weave them together (organize facts) Identify the culprits (causes) Tell us where we can find the culprits (predictions) o How do theories do this?
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