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Arnold Gessell

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Arnold Gesell
(1880-1961) Ask yourself who is Arnold Gesell? Background Born: June 21, 1880 Background Background "Gesell is a maturationist; his descriptions
of developmental patterns in childhood emphasize
physical and mental growth that he saw as
determined primarily by heredity, "
context from M.L. Henniger. Background "If we use effective tools the child reveals himself to all who will stop and listen to what he says , and who, with seeing eyes, will watch he does."
--Dr. Arnold Gesell Where: Alma, Wisconsin Maturation Theory "Milestones of Development"

stages by which Normal Children can accomplish different tasks Key Terms : Biological Maturation
Normative Development
Nativist (Nature) Language Development
Biological/Genetic Determinism Gradients of Growth
Children Develop in Different Areas: Motor Characteristics
Personal Hygiene
Emotional Expression
Fears and Dreams
Self and Sex
Interpersonal Relations
Play and Pastimes
School Life
Ethical Sense
Philosophic Outlook Gesell's Strands
Help Understand each Child's Development in 5 Domains of Growth Developmental
Visual/Spatial Discrimination
Social/Emotional/Adaptive Development Gesell and his staff created an extensive list of normative information that remains popular with and useful to families and teachers. Gesell Early Screener Education Died: May 29, 1961 Gesell Developmental Assessments Gessell Early Screener 1903-Bachelors in teaching from University of Wisconsin Gesell Developmental Observation-Revised 1906-Ph.D in psychology from Clark University 1915-M.D. in medical from Yale Where: New Haven,
Connecticut Easily administered

Performance Level Rating
Age Appropriate

Quick results for 4 strands

Flags children who may require further assessment GDO-R Observes a child's overall performance on developmental tasks and determines where a child's set of behaviors fit on a developmental scale Language
Comprehension Spatial
Discrimination Social/Emotional
Development Adaptive Skills (both at home and in a school setting) Contribute to a comprehensive assessment of a child's developmental skills

Provides educators and parents with an understanding of developmentally appropriate expectations

Helps determine if child needs further testing in specific areas Applying Maturational Therory to Working With Children A child cannot be pushed through developmental stages. Biological reasons behind developmental levels Significant role in determining school readiness Prekindergarten & Gessell Dome WORK CITED http://www.education.com/print/arnold-gessell-child-learning-development-theory/. Growth And Development Theory Bates, Louise A. 1989. Arnold Gesell: Themes of His Work. Human Sciences
Press. ISBN 0898854210 Henniger, M.L.. Arnold Gesell's Perspective on Learning and Development. http://www.gesellinstitute.org. Gesell Institute of Child Development, 2013. Web. 1 March 2013. Numbers
Letters Kindergarten What does the GES measure? Features and Benefits of the GDO-R Assigns Developmental Age

Scaffolding Tasks and Developmental Responses

Helps inform individual instruction for each child

Accurate profile of child's individual developmental level in 5 domains/strands The Late Birthday Phenomenon
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