Child Development: Ages 7-11 Term Paper by Nicky

A review of the theories of Freud, Erikson, Piaget and Vygotsky on child development between seven and eleven years.
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The paper outlines the theories of Sigmund Freud, Erik Erikson, Jean Piaget and Vygotsky on the period of childhood development between the ages of seven and eleven years. However, the paper reveals that these theories have been critiqued as being excessively individualistic, and placing too much emphasis on the development of the individual rather than the individual in the context of the family. The paper discusses how in non-Western cultures, development and experience is collectively rather than individualistically-oriented, and therefore not all cultures may place the same emphasis on autonomy or even learning certain concepts like conservation of matter.

From the Paper:

"According to Sigmund Freud, the period of childhood development between ages seven and eleven was that of the latency period, a period when there was a brief respite from the sexual conflicts of early childhood and infancy. Learning and development in same-sex friendships and school dominated the period. However, the theorist Erik Erikson complicated Freud's typology with the suggestion that other conflicts are attached to the latency period, periods which he said were characterized by a conflict between the need to develop a capacity for industry while avoiding an excessive sense of inferiority. Children must channel their creative imagination into mainstreamed educational processes, and learn to play by the rules, according to Erickson, and the latent suppression of sexual impulses is only part of the conflicts the child may experience."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Atherton, J.S. (2005) Piaget. Learning and teaching. Retrieved February 16, 2009 at
  • Atherton, J.S. (2005) Vygotsky. Learning and teaching. Retrieved February 16, 2009 at
  • Berger, K.S. (2008). The Developing Person. New York: Worth Publishers.
  • Boeree, George C. (2006). Erik Erikson. Personality theories. Retrieved February 16, 2009 at
  • Familialism. (2000). Retrieved February 16, 2009 at

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