Lecture 2 Study Notes

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Health Studies
Jason Ramsay

Lecture #2: The Ecological Model of Child Development Monday, January 17 2011 Approaches to Understanding Development Jean Piaget Lev Vygotsky Bowlby and Attachment Theory Bronfenbrenners Ecological approach to understanding child development is best suited to our project of linking macro variables to child outcomes. Jean Piaget (1896-1980) Swiss philosopher-scientist Believed in genetic epistemology as an approach to understanding development Thought that children were little thought-sacks Was a constructivist: He thought that we use thoughts like building blocks Piaget and Cognitive Development Children actively participate in their own development scientists in the crib Construct their undersatanding of the world through hypothesis testing The basic processes of development are: o Organization o Adaptation AssimilationAccomodation It is the basis of how we organize our world This forms the basis of how we develop cognitively throughout life It is also a good explanation of learning The complexity of assimaccom increases with each stage www.notesolution.com
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