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Transcript of Arnold Gessell
(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
Nativist (Nature) Language Development
Biological/Genetic Determinism Gradients of Growth
Children Develop in Different Areas: Motor Characteristics
Fears and Dreams
Self and Sex
Play and Pastimes
Philosophic Outlook Gesell's Strands
Help Understand each Child's Development in 5 Domains of Growth Developmental
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
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
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