Chapter 2 Introduction to context BB Spring 12-1

Chapter 2 Introduction to context BB Spring 12-1 - Chapter...

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Chapter 2: The family and other social contexts of children’s development
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Context: the set of circumstances or facts that surround a particular event, situation, etc. (www.dictionary.com) Human development is strongly influenced by the context in which it occurs. Extreme deprivation leads to abnormal development as in several known cases: Victor, “the wild boy of Aveyron” Genie and other isolated children http://www.youtube.com/v/bWzO8DtRd-s some institutionalized children Child development and context
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Conceptualizing developmental contexts
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Influence of biology he biological makeup of a child includes the evolutionary heritage shared by all humans Precise timetable for developmental milestones Strong disposition to act on the environment Innate propensity for learning Predisposition to be social the child’s individual genetic inheritance The biological results of the interactions between genes and the environment Canalization: how genes constrain the effect of the environment
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Canalization: the tendency of heredity to restrict the development of some characteristics to just one or a few outcomes Child is like a ball rolling along possible developmental paths. Early on, development is less susceptible to environmental forces. Example: most infants will acquire motor milestones. Later, environment is more
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