PSY 302 Lecture Notes - Child Development, Tabula Rasa, Active Child

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Child Development PSY 302 Lecture 1 Class Notes
Chapter 1 - An Introduction to Child Development
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Overview
I. Why Study Child Development?
II. Historical Foundations of the study of Child Development
III. Enduring Themes in Child Development important
IV. Methods for Studying Child Development
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Development Psychology
Concerned with changes in human abilities and behaviour across life span
Child development
Changes in child’s cognitive, social, and other capacities
Describes changes
Uncovers processes and strategies that underlie these changes
Question
I. Why Study Child Development?
A. Raising Children
Knowledge of child development can help parents and teachers meet the challenges
of rearing and educating children.
Researchers have identified effective approaches that parents and other
caregivers can successfully use in helping children manage anger and other
negative emotions.
Be turtle
B. Choosing Social Policies
Knowledge of child development permits informed decisions about social-policy
questions that affect children.
Psychological research on children’s responses to leading interview questions
can help courts obtain more accurate testimonies from preschool children.
Research telling about the “simone says” children will be lead to believe in
false information
To obtain accurate testimony, questions should be stated in a neutral fashion that
does not presuppose the answer, questions that the children has already answered
should not be repeated, and props associated with fantasy play should not be used
C. Understanding Human Nature
Child-development research provides important insights into some of the
most intriguing questions regarding human nature.
Recent investigations of development among children adopted from inadequate
orphanages in Romania supports the principle that the timing of experiences
often influences their effects. the longer that the children stayed in the
orphanage (more than 6 months), the more the effect on their intellectual and
social development
Understanding Human Nature con’t
O’Connor et al. (2000)
Investigated intellectual performance of Romanian children adopted to English
homes
Group 1: Children from UK who were adopted at 0 6 months
Group 2: Children from Romania adopted to English homes at 0 6
months
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Child development psy 302 lecture 1 class notes. Chapter 1 - an introduction to child development. Historical foundations of the study of child development. Concerned with changes in human abilities and behaviour across life span. Changes in child"s cognitive, social, and other capacities. Uncovers processes and strategies that underlie these changes. Question: why study child development, raising children. Knowledge of child development can help parents and teachers meet the challenges of rearing and educating children. Researchers have identified effective approaches that parents and other caregivers can successfully use in helping children manage anger and other negative emotions. Knowledge of child development permits informed decisions about social-policy questions that affect children. Psychological research on children"s responses to leading interview questions can help courts obtain more accurate testimonies from preschool children. Research telling about the simone says children will be lead to believe in false information. Child-development research provides important insights into some of the most intriguing questions regarding human nature.

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