concerned with interaction between physical and psychological processes and with stages of growth from conception throughout the entire life span.
A research effort designed to describe what is characteristic of a specific age or developmental stage.
Chronological age at which most children show a particular level of physical or mental development.
A research design in which the same participants are observed repeatedly, sometimes over many years.
Cross sectional design?
Research method in which groups of participants of different chronological ages are observed and compared at a given time.
the bodily changes, maturation and growth that occur in an organism, starting with conception and continuing across the life span.
The single cell that results when a sperm fertilises an egg.
The first two weeks of prenatal development following conception.
The second stage of prenatal development, lasting from the third week through to 8 weeks after conception.
the third stage of prenatal development, lasting from the ninth week through to the birth of the child.
Environmental factors such as diseases and drugs that cause structural abnormalities in a developing foetus.
The continuing influence of heredity throughout development; the age related physical and behavioural changes characteristic of a species.
The proces through which sexual maturity is attained.
The onset of menstruation
the development of processes of knowing, including imagining, perceiving, reasoning and problem solving.
Piaget's term for a cognitive structure that develops as infants and young children learn to interpret the world and adapt to their environment.
According to Piaget, the process whereby new cognitive elements are fitted in with old elements or modified to fit more easily.
Where existing schemes change to accommodate new information learnt by a child.
The period between birth and age 2 during which an infant's knowledge of the world is limited to their sensory perceptions and motor activities.
The recognition that objects exist independently of an individual's action or awareness; an important cognitive acquisition of infancy
The period between ages 2 and 7 during which a child learns to use language. During this stage, children do not yet understand concrete logic.
IN cognitive development, the inability of a young child at the preoperational stage to take the perspective of another person.
A thought pattern common dujring the beginning of the preoperational stage of cognitive development in a child.
According to Piaget, the understanding that physical properties do not change when nothing is added or taken away, even though appearances may change.
A framework for initial understanding formulated by children to explain their experiences of the world.
According to Vygogtsky, the process through which children absorb knowledge from the social context.
A framework for initial unerstanding formulated by children to explain their experiences of the world.
The minimal unit of speech in any given language that makes a meaningful difference in speech and production and reception.
Child directed speech
A form of speech with an exaggerated and high pitched intonation that adults use to speak to infants and young children.
Language making capacity?
The innate guidelines or operating principles that children bring to the task of learning a language.
A grammatical error, usually appearing during early language development, in which rules of the langauge are applied too widely , resulting in incorrect linguistic forms.
The ways in which individuals' social interactions and expectations change across the life span.
Proposed by Erik Erikson, successive developmental stages that focus on an individual's orientation toward the self and others.
The lifelong process whereby an individual's behavioural patterns, values, standards, skills, attitudes and motives are shaped to conform to those regarded as desirable in a particular society.
A child's biologically based level of emotional and behavioural resonse to environmental events.
Emotional relationship between a child and the regular caregiver.
A primitive form of learning in which some infant animals physically follow and form an attachment to the first moving object they see and/or hear.