Developmental Theories Research Paper by Poochie

Developmental Theories
A detailed analysis, comparison and critique of the developmental theories of Jean Piaget, Eric Erikson and Lawrence Kohlberg, along with cultural, ethnic, and gender applications.
# 118665 | 6,013 words | 33 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Feb 14, 2010 in Psychology (Child and Adolescent) , Psychology (Piaget) , Psychology (Theory)

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This paper analyzes the similarities and differences between the developmental theories of Jean Piaget, Eric Erikson and Lawrence Kohlberg. The writer shows how each theory has its own unique application and long range consequences that allow its use to be greatly expounded upon and improved for future research. Practical examples are also provided to illustrate some of the stages identified by Erikson and some of Kohlberg's levels. Gaps and shortcomings in each theory are also discussed in detail. One comprehensive theory will ultimately remain an elusive target because people, environmental and social factors are continuously changing.

Piaget's Cognitive Development
Erikson's Psychosocial Development
Kohlberg's Moral Development
Similarities in Theories
Societal Influences
Completing Childhood Stages
Infancy to Adulthood
Difference in Theories
Gender Bias
Overall Child Development
Adolescent and Potential
Culture and Ethnicity
Critical Periods

From the Paper:

"Research in any field is an ongoing process. It never ends. Yet, you will find techniques and opinions that are reminiscent of prior or current scholars in the research field of study. The same is true with theorists. With Piaget, Erikson and Kohlberg, they all agreed that societal influences and healthy completion of the applied stages are important in childhood development and their theories followed the childhood development through adulthood. As with any other field, they had different opinions on the value of culture as a variant in childhood development, individual differences did not figure into their research statistics and how and when different learning processes develop."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Substance Abuse, (2001). Tobacco's Toll: Implications for the Pediatrician; Pediatrics, 107, 794-798.
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