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Psychological Theories on Child Development
A case study analysis examining the behavioral theorist's view on child development and morality.
# 104818 | 2,676 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2008 | US

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This paper presents a case of a student in a fifth-grade class (eleven years of age) who has submitted a book report that has been plagiarized from an Internet site. The paper first describes the student's behavior according to the theories of child development and human behavior. The paper then focuses specifically on Lev Vygotsky's theories and discusses what approach should be undertaken to help this student improve his or her performance on essays.

From the Paper:

"To end, it is fairly evident that there is a complex link between language and cognition that we ignore at our peril. More than that, Lev Vygotsky's work on child development gives us a measure of just how meaningful the environment around a child really is as he or she expands her psychological and intellectual wings. By comparison, the work of Jean Piaget provides us with some benchmarks but not with substantive suggestions. Ultimately, while the situation is not ideal, a therapeutic approach coupled with a strong support system might be all that is needed to turn this situation around."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Amsel, Eric, and Byrnes, James P. Language, Literacy, and Cognitive Development: The Development and Consequences of Symbolic Communication. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2002.
  • Anderson, Harlene. Conversation, Language, and Possibilities: A Postmodern Approach to Therapy. New York: Basic Books, 1997.
  • Cheney, Carl D., and W. David Pierce. Behavior Analysis and Learning. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2004.
  • Fujinaga, T. "Long-term follow-up study of children developmentally retarded by early environmental deprivation." Genetic, Social, and General Psychology Monographs, 116.1 (1990): 37-104.
  • Kay, Stanley R. "Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Development: Critical Analysis of Validation Studies with the Defining Issues Test." International Journal of Psychology, 17 (1982): 27-42.

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