HDFS 202 Lecture Notes

HDFS 202 Lecture Notes - HDFS 202 Lecture Notes August 27,...

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HDFS 202 Lecture Notes August 27, 2007 Lecture 1 Introduction to Child Development Historical Foundations o Cultural/philosophical views The rise of child development research Themes of child development Classical Greek Philosophers Plato - idea of innate knowledge o 400BC – recognize certain objects and categories Aristotle – idea of innate individual differences o Infants minds as “tabula rasa” (blank slate) o “It would seem then that a study of individual character is the best way of making education perfect…” John Locke (England – 1623-1704) o Child as tabula rasa o Importance of nurturance o “authoritative parenting” Jean-Jacques Rousseau (France 1723-1778) o Freedom o Experience o Postpone formal education (age of reason about 12 years) Earl of Shaftesbury (England 1843)
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o Speech to British House of Commons on negative development effects on children of abusive work… Charles Darwin (England 1877) o
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