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Transcript of Arnold Gesell
He was the eldest of 5 children
The son of a photographer and teacher
Is married to Beatrice Chandler
Has a son and a daughter
The Key Elements
3 Major Assumptions
6 Areas of Behavior (Gradients of Growth)
The growth during pregnancy and after birth.
Letting babies grow in a general pattern
June 21, 1880 - May 29, 1961
Graduated from high school in 1896.
He also received a bachelor of Philosophy Degree in 1903.
Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1903.
Studied medicine at Yale, received a medical degree in 1915.
Worked as a short-term high school teacher.
He wanted to become a teacher.
There is an institute named after him called Gesell Institute of Human Development.
Full name: Arnold Lucius Gesell
Born on June 21, 1880 in Alma, Wisconsin
Died on May 29, 1961
Known for knowledge on psychology on child development
Connections To "Real Life" Child Development
Strengths of Theory
Studies both physical and mental development
Also studied the way nurturing affects the way a child grows
Was one of the first to make theories about children that were important to parents
Weakness of Theory
Involves only early childhood
Only in the U.S
He does not have proof (assumptions)
Studies from infancy to adolescense
Only what happens in school
When children/babies are younger, they form an act of certain things that they do. When they are at least one month older, they can expand that list of actions to even more things.
Foundations of His Theories
Arnold's Maturational Theory is a theory that children will develop by genetics.
Gesell believed that child development depends on biological issues.
If a child lives in a home where their parents are always fighting or arguing whenever there is a problem, the child may fight and yell whenever they have a problem at school because it is the only way they know how to solve a problem.