HDFS 2113 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: First Age, Fourth Age, Information Processing Theory

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Life-Span Development
Introduction (CH.1)
The importance of studying life span development
Prepares us to take responsibility for children
Gives us insight about our own lives
Gives us knowledge about what our lives will be like as we age
Vocab To Know
Development pattern of change that begins at conception and continues through
the life span
Life-span perspective Involves growth, maintenance, and regulation
o Is constructed through biological, sociocultural, and individual factors
working together
Need to be familiar with these definitions because they will be used frequently
throughout the course.
Note: the different influences on the life-span perspective: biological, sociocultural,
and individual. These are distinct but also related in each stage of development.
Characteristics of the life-span perspective
o Is lifelong
o Is multidimensional
o Is multidirectional
o Is plastic
o Is multidisciplinary
o Is contextual
o Involves growth, maintenance, and regulation of loss
o Is a co-construction of biology, culture, and the individual
Types of contextual influences
Normative age-graded influences similar for individuals in a particular age group
Normative history-graded influences common to people of a particular generation
because of historical circumstances
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