Growing in Stages: Testing Developmental Theories Term Paper

Growing in Stages: Testing Developmental Theories
An examination of several theories of child learning development.
# 144717 | 1,384 words | 5 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Sep 27, 2010 in Education (Theory) , Psychology (Child and Adolescent) , Psychology (Theory)

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This paper explores several theories of child learning development. The paper explains that although slight modifications have been made based on the changing times, a child's developmental stages and cycles have not greatly changed throughout the years. The paper discusses results of studies focused on these learning theories. The paper notes that educators are aware that each student has his strengths and limitations; however, they must capitalize on that and help each child reach his full potential. The paper concludes that utilizing and recognizing theories such as the theory of cognitive development, stages of moral reasoning, and the social cognitive theory will allow for teachers, parents, and administrators to recognize the stages at which our children are growing, learning, and developing and use it to help reach their full potential.

Theory of Cognitive Development
Stages of Moral Development
Social Cognitive/Learning Theory
Reaching Full Potential

From the Paper:

"Simply stated, the theory of cognitive development is the construction of the thought process, which includes the acts of problem and decision-making and remembering. This is a long term process which develops through stages. There are six documented approaches when it comes to cognitive development: behaviorist, psychometric, information-processing, cognitive neuroscience, social-contextual, and last but certainly not least the Piagetian approach (Papalia, Olds, Feldman, 2008). This breakthrough process was developed by the world famous Jean Piaget. Mr. Piaget was a Swiss philosopher and psychologist who longed to answer the question of how human beings create knowledge and how children represent and reason about the natural world around them. He wanted to answer questions like can you measure a child's intelligence or predict how intelligent they will be in the future. Piaget did not spend his time behind textbooks and in lectures, instead he spent his time observing and interviewing children, even his own, in order to gain a better understanding of life through their eyes."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bandura, A. (1976). Social learning theory. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall Publishing.
  • Goldberg, S. (2005). Ready to learn: how to help your preschooler succeed. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Leroux, G., Spiess, J., Zago, L., Rossi, S., Lubin, A., Turbelin, M., Mazoyer, B., Tzourio-Mazoyer, N., Houde, O., & Joliot, M.. (2009). Adult brains don't fully overcome biases that lead to incorrect performance during cognitive development: an fMRI study in young adults completing a Piaget-like task. Developmental Science, 12(2), 326-338. Retrieved April 5, 2010, from Research Library. (Document ID: 1628976511).
  • Papalia, D., Olds, S., & Feldman, R. (2008). A child's world: infancy through adolescence (11th ed.). New York, NY: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
  • Studies in social and moral development and education. (2008). Moral development and moral education: an overview. Retrieved April 3, 2010 from

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