Flashcards in Developmental Deck (49):
is a scientific approach which aims to explain the growth, change and consistency through the lifespan (thinking, feeling and behaviour changes)
What are the four areas of developmental?
biological, social, emotional and cognitive
What are the three goals of developmental?
describe, explain and optimise
What is normative development?
typical patterns of change
What is idiographic/discontinuous development?
individual patterns of change
Explains how a child constructs a mental model of the world. Piaget regarded cognitive development as a process which occurs due to biological maturation and the environment.
What are the four stages of piaget's theory?
sensorimotor, pre operational, concrete operational, formal operational
Characteristics of the sensorimotor stage?
- know the world through movements and sensations - learn through basic actions
- learn things exist even if they are not seen (object permanence)
- separate beings from the people and objects around them
- actions can cause things to happen
Characteristics of the pre operational stage?
- being to think symbolically and learn to use words or images to represent things - tends to be egocentric and struggle to see other people’s points of view
- still think in very concrete terms
- more skilled at pretend play but still struggle with logic and understanding the idea of constancy
Characteristics of the concrete operational stage?
- Think logically about concrete events
- Understand the concept of conservation - thinking becomes more logical and organised but still very concrete
- begin using inductive reasoning
- less egocentric and more understanding of others
Characteristics of the formal operational stage?
- think abstractly and reason about hypothetical problems
- abstract thought emerges
- think about moral, philosophical, ethical, social and political issues
- begin to use deductive logic
What are schemas?
describes both the mental and physical actions involved in understanding and knowing. they are categories of knowledge that help us to interpret and understand.
What is assimilation?
the process of taking in new information into our already existing schemas
What is accommodation?
changing or altering our existing schemas in light of new information
acquired in Concrete Operational Stage (7-11), refers to the understanding that quantity, length or number of items is unrelated to the arrangement or appearance of the object.
Understanding others perspective
children construct knowledge by actively exploring and experimenting
always happen in same order, one never skipped.
Sally Anne Test
- tested theory of mind
- Sally has a basket and Anne a box, Sally puts marble in her basket but when goes away Anne takes it and puts it in her box,
1) Where will Sally look? (belief)
2) Where is it actually (reality)
3) Where was it in the beginning (memory)
If point to basket they acknowledge that Sallys understanding of the world doesn't reflect reality.
Criticism of Piaget General + Key people
- didn't consider culture
- open to interpretation
- underestimated children
- small sample size
Donaldson and Siegal
Criticism of Piaget Familiarity
underestimated lack of familiarity -> unable to see others perspective due to lack of familiarity with situation rather than lacking cognitive ability
Hughes found children 5 years could take another persons perspective when given familiar task (Policeman task ie hiding)
Criticism of Piaget Interaction/Language
Failure to distinguish understanding of language vs performance (lack of verbal skills mask competence)
Rules that govern moral convo different
Believes children unable to conserve in Piaget tasks due to adults breaking the convocational rules children hold
ie ask to repeat answer when already been given.
Criticism of Piaget Yotsky
- theory of Proximal development
- believed he placed too little emphasis on development via interaction
- Piaget believed that development must precede learning, whilst Yotsky said learning precedes development as it cant be understood without cultural context (varies culture) + and social factors (enviro)
Strengths of piaget's theory?
- changed how we study children
- huge amount of research
- been of practical use
- improved education
What was kohlberg's study about?
Sought to describe the development of moral reasoning. Posed moral dilemmas to children and adolescents and found stages of moral development.
Kohlbergs three areas of moral development?
pre conventional, conventional, post conventional
punishment and obedience
-based on consequence of actions rather than intentions
Individualism and Exchange
- right behaviour is one that is rewarded
- makes me look good/gain approval of others/ fulfilling social roles
authority and social order
- law/order highest social ideals, social obedience essential for functional society
- others have different values and law dependant on culture.
- difference between moral and legal laws
- develop internal moral principles which are obeyed over law.
- takes into account affect of everyone
Criticisms of Kohlberg
studies around world found stages didn't occur in order he suggested ie (Ann Colby longitudinal study of 20)
developed only a western, male view on moral development
Gilligan suggested was due to difference in socialisation --> males socialise to be independent/achievement orientated (stage 4) and women responsible/nurturing (stage 3)
Richard Shweder case study: Babaji (orthodox hindu teacher), presented with Indian version of Heinz dilemma --> however culture forbid stealing under any circumstance so placed stage 3/4.
what was erikson's theory?
psychosocial crisis - theory of identity
the person experiences a psychosocial crisis which could have a positive or negative outcome for personality development
each stage is defined by crisis, and if not resolved they wont move on to the next stage.
what were the stages of erikson's theory + virtues?
- trust vs mistrust (hope)
- autonomy vs shame (will)
- initiative vs guilt (purpose)
- industry vs inferiority (competence)
- indentiy vs confusion (fidelity)
- intimacy vs isolation (love)
- generativity vs stagnation (care)
- integrity vs despair (wisdom)
Strengths of erikson's theory?
- strong face validity
- ties together important psychosocial development over the lifespan
Limitations of erikson's theory?
- vague about causes of development
- no universal mechanism for resolution
- doesn't explain how one crisis influences personality later
- no objective way of assessment
Bandura 'social learning' theory 2 components
learning and modelling
what is learning?
function of observing, retaining and replicating
what is modelling?
occurs when one observes the behaviour and consequence of another to influence himself
what are the four meditational processes?
attention, retention, reproduction, motivation
Bobo Doll Experiment
36 boys, 36 girls (3-6). First experimental group of 24 children exposed to aggressive behaviour whilst second exposed to non aggressive behaviour, Separated by sex and shown opposite sex models
Results: children exposed to aggressive model more likely to act in aggressive manner. Boys more aggression when exposed to male models.
strengths of bandura
- Easily handles inconsistencies in behaviour
- Accurate picture explaining how behaviour is learned
- Offers a way to integrate social and cognitive theories
- Allows and accounts for cognitive processes
limitations of bandura
- Too heavy of an emphasis on what happens instead of what the observer does with what happens -
- Does not take into account physical and mental changes
- Doesn’t explain all behaviour
- Doesn’t explain behavioural differences
- Doesn’t take in account that what one person views as punishment, another person may view as a reward BIASES
Object permanence Piaget
ability to know that objects continue to exist even though they can no longer be seen or heard (sensory motor)
Mountain Task Piaget
test whether a child’s thinking was egocentric, indicator of whether the child was in the preoperational stage or the concrete operational.
Method: Model of three mountains is presented in front. of child, doll is placed in different position relative to the child. The child is shown 10 photographs. The child is to select which best reflects the doll’s view.
Pendelum Task Piaget
- testing whether formal operational or concrete operation
- asks children to work out which factors affected the rate of how a pendulum swung
- children at concrete changed one or more of the factors
- children at formal systematically tested each of the factors (logical)