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Human Development Theories
A discussion regarding the nature versus nurture argument, focusing on the theories of Piaget, Erickson and Vygotsky.
# 91943 | 3,484 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Feb 08, 2007 in Psychology (Piaget) , Psychology (Social) , Sociology (Theory) , Psychology (Theory) , Sociology (General)

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This paper presents a detailed examination of nature versus nurture and its eventual impact on education. The paper usess the works and theories of Jean Piaget, Eric Erickson and Lev Vygotsky to compare and contrast the theories of nature and nurture as they relate to human development.

Nature Versus Nurture
Jean Piaget
Eric Erickson
Lev Vygotsky

From the Paper:

"Nurture is the argument that the way one is raised and the things that one becomes exposed to environmentally has a major impact on the end result regarding the type of child and adult that person becomes. This has been an age old argument in courtrooms across the nation as well. When a defendant is accused of heinous crimes and the jury finds out that the defendant was beaten, sexually abused and tortured by his mother and father his entire life, the defense attorney hopes that the dysfunctional nurturing the defendant received will play on the jurors' sympathy and have them be less harsh in the punishment of that defendant. In the great debate of nature versus nurture experts work to uncover the stages of human brain development and cognition for the purpose of showing what caused the development to take shape the way that it did. This is a crucial element in the discussions about personality traits, work traits, education and other aspects of life that not only touch the life of the individual but of everyone that person interacts with along the way. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • ERICKSON (Accessed 05-06-06)
  • Genetic Epistemology (J. Piaget) (accessed 05-04-06)
  • Hanlon, Michael (2003) After 100 years of bitter debate, is the secret of human nature about to be revealed at last...?; as a fascinating new book claims to settle the 'nature versus nurture' debate once and for all. The Daily Mail (London, England)
  • LaFanu, James (2003) Breeding versus upbringing This lively new account of the Nature/ Nurture debate explains a great deal about human behaviour, says James Le Fanu, but not everything The Sunday Telegraph
  • Nature vs nurturehttp://

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