Comparing Three Developmental Theories Term Paper

Comparing Three Developmental Theories
This paper compares and contrasts psychoanalytical, learning, and cognitive developmental theories in terms of their usefulness to education.
# 128467 | 2,484 words | 5 sources | APA | 2008 | EC
Published on Jul 25, 2010 in Psychology (Freud) , Psychology (Piaget) , Psychology (Theory)

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Through an analysis of three different developmental theories, the paper attempts to show how each theory has added to the store of our knowledge, and given us ever more numerous tools to allow us to nurture children. The paper also examines how, by using the knowledge gained from understanding these three theories, parents and educators can better provide the care, education and guidance children need to reach their highest possible potential.

Psychoanalytic Theory
Learning Theory
Cognitive Theory
Major Points of Similarity
Major Points of Difference
The Interactions of Cognitive, Physical and Emotional Development
Understanding the State of Modern Developmental Theory

From the Paper:

"The Psychoanalytical Perspective holds that development is shaped by unconscious forces that motivate human behavior and can cause emotional conflicts. Two theories dominate this perspective: Psychosexual Development and Psychosocial Development. While different in important aspects, they both explain development and behaviorism as driven by unconscious forces.
The Viennese physician Sigmund Freud, was the first major contributor to developmental theory, hypothesized that there were three parts to a person's personality that developed over childhood: the Id, Ego and Superego. He developed the theory of Psychosexual Development, which describes five phases wherein unconscious urges cause conflicts and adjustments by the developing child until adulthood (Papalia, 2008)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Boyd, D., Bee, H., (2006) Adult development. Boston: Pearson Custom Publishing
  • Geary, D. (2005). Role of Cognitive Theory in the Study of Learning Disability in Mathematics. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 38(4), 305-307. Retrieved August 17, 2008, from Research Library database. (Document ID: 873032431).
  • Kail, R. V., (2004). Cognitive Development Includes Global and Domain-Specific Processes. Merrill - Palmer Quarterly, 50(4), 445-455. Retrieved August 2, 2008, from ProQuest Education Journals database. (Document ID: 776277111).
  • Papalia, D. E., Olds, S. W., Feldman, R. D., (2008). A Child's World: Infancy through Adolescence (11th Ed.). Burr Ridge, Il.: McGraw Hill.
  • Sullivan, T. J. (2007) Sociology, Concepts and Applications in a Diverse World, Seventh Edition, Boston: Pearson/Allyn And Bacon.

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