Child Psychology Theories


Unit 1        The Principles of Developmental Psychology

  1. Introduction
  2. What is ‘Development’?
  3. The Study of Child Development: A Brief History Principles of Life-Span Development Contextualism in developmental psychology Chronological age in developmental psychology Themes and Issues in Developmental Psychology Continuity and discontinuity
  4. Stability and change
  5. Maturation versus experience in development: the nature–nurture debate Glossary

Unit 2        Theories of Development 

  1. Developmental task theory
  2. Psychosocial theory 
  3. Psychodynamic theory 
  4. What is a Theory? Theories of Human Development 
  5. Behaviourism and social learning theory
  6. The ethological perspective
  7. Evolutionary developmental theory
  8. The bioecological model of development Life course theory
  9. Dynamic  systems theory
  10. Cognitive Developmental Theories
  11. Jean Piaget’s theory of cognitive development
  12. Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory of development Information processing accounts of development Summary
  13. Glossary

Unit 3        Research Methodology in Developmental Psychology

  1. Introduction
  2. Measurement Techniques: How to Gather Data about Children Survey methods
  3. Observational methods
  4. Interviewing children
  5. Reports on children by others Psychophysiological methods Research Design
  6. Controlled experiments Quasi-experiments
  7. Non-experimental designs Case studies
  8. Research Designs to Study Development The cross-sectional design
  9. Longitudinal designs
  10. Microgenetic designs The time-lag design
  11. Ethical Issues in Research on Child Development Summary
  12. Glossary


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