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Lecture 2

PSYC 2500 Lecture 2: Child Development class 2

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PSYC 2500
Kim O' Neil

Child Development Class 2 January 11, 2016 4 babies movie: 1. Ponijao – Namibia 2. Bayar – Mongolia 3. Mari- Tokyo 4. Hattie – San Francisco, USA Differences in the movie between cultures: • Biological versus Environmental Influences Recognize the importance of both biological and environmental influences, although may disagree over the relative contributions of each set of factors to human development. • The Active versus the Passive Child Do children actively shape, control, and direct the course of their own development or are they passive recipients of environmental influence? • Continuity versus Discontinuity Some view development as a continuous process, whereby change over time takes place smoothly and gradually, but others see development as a series of qualitatively different steps or stages. • Situational Influences versus Individual Characteristics Are situational influences or individual personality characteristics are more important in determining how stable a child's behavior will be across varying contexts? • Cultural Universals versus Cultural Relativism culture-free laws of development that can be applied across all societies and cultures. • Risk and Resilience the ability to cope with such negative influences and to create a satisfying and useful l
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