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Social Work
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SWRK 224
Ilju Kim

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May 1, 2012 – Introduction Some Questions…  Why do social workers need to study human development?  Why do social workers need to understand how people change from birth to death?  Why do social workers need to know about changes over the life course? What is development? The Journey of Life  Pre-birth (Life Span Perspective) Death Curiosity about human beings…  Why is it that all humans turn out to be so similar in certain ways and, at the same time, so different from one another? What is development?  The word “development” is used widely in our everyday talk, but what does it mean? o It begins at conception and continues until death o It is characterized by 6 major issues:  Nature vs. Nurture  Critical Periods vs. Plasticity  Continuity vs. Discontinuity  Universality vs. Specificity  Qualitative vs. Quantitative change  Activity vs. Passivity Nature vs. Nurture  Dilemma: To what degree do genetic or hereditary influences (nature) determine who we are relative to experiential or environmental influences (nurture)? o Is our personality inherited from our parents or passed on through observation? o Is intelligence representative of the capacities you inherited from your parents or of the hard work and opportunity you had?  Two important process: o Maturation: biological development according to a plan contained in the genes o Learning: our experiences produce relatively permanent changes in our feelings, thoughts, and behaviors  Development is the result of complex interactions between biological and environmental influences.  Virtually no features of life-span development are due exclusively to either heredity or environment o Crucial question in today’s research: How do they interact? Critical Periods vs. Plasticity  Dilemma: Are humans able to learn at any point in their lives, or are there some critical periods in which certain developments must take place? o Is it possible to learn a language in adulthood with the same ease than in the preschool years? o If a child has not been given the opportunity to develop at best during his/her first years of age, can new learning opportunities create counter effects? 
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