Why Developmental Theories?
Provide a framework for understanding important
Raise crucial questions about human nature
Motivate new research studies that lead to a better
understanding of children
Processes of de
Accommodation: change ones view to resemble reality
Equilibrium: the process by which people balance assimilation and accommodation
Disequilibrium is goof ro learning because it makes you think about it
Piagets stages of cognitive developm
How do we study child
The Importance of Appropriate
Measurements must yield reliable and valid
Reliability: Independent measurements of a
behavior are consistent with each other.
Validity: The test or experim
Introduction to Developmental
Psychology 181, Fall 2016
Dr. Iris Paltin
Heres the plan for today!
Define the field
Why study child development?
Themes for the course and the field
Overview of the topics we will cover