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Nature: refers to our biological endowment, especially the genes we receive from our parents. Continuity: the idea that changes with age occur gradually, in small increments, like that of pine tree growing taller and taller Discontinuity: idea that age includes occasional large shifts, like the transition from caterpillar to cocoon to butterfly Stage theories; propose that development occurs in a progression of age-related, qualitative shifts; involves a series of discontinuous Sociocultural context: Refers to the physical, social, cultural, economic, and historical circumstances that make up any child’s environment The Scientific Method : An approach to testing beliefs that involves: Choosing a question, Formulating a hypothesis (i.e., an educated guess), Testing the hypothesis, Drawing a conclusion Hypotheses : educated guess Reliability: The degree to which independent measurements of a given behavior are consistent
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