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Intro to Lifespan Development
Transcript of Intro to Lifespan Development
Human Development through the Lifespan
Key Questions and Themes
Nature vs Nurture
Continuity vs Discontinuity
Stability vs Change
Role of Individual vs
Role of Socio-Cultural Context
Syllabus - Our Contract
Functions of the body
Attachment and Relationships
Decision making and problem solving
Emotions, Motives, Personality
Do you consider yourself as an adult?
What are the markers or indicators? What is your evidence?
Scientific study focused on answering interesting questions about what, why,or how we develop.
What are the patterns of thought, feeling, and behavior that characterizes particular ages and stages, and how do those patterns change over time?
Each of you already has a number of valuable and unique perspectives about lifespan development - your own development!!
Sometimes your point of view will match accepted scientific point of view, other times it will represent a dramatic difference.
To develop and balance your own understanding by carefully considering a diverse variety of perspectives, and using those perspectives to formulate a personal, coherent understanding that is educated, informed and based on evidence and systematic study.
Norms = based on systematic study and evidence
Outliers = always occur
Information that is not based on facts or careful study
Person Who Fallacy:
"I know a person who...";
"I know of a case where..."
Make claims and arguments you can back up with scientific evidence
Is development driven by external factors or
by something inside each individual?
Does development follow a smooth continuous path or is it in distinct abrupt stages?
Does development have to occur at a fixed period or can it be more flexible?
Do early traits and characteristics persist
throughout life or do they change?
Are we active agents who influence our own development or passive agents shaped by the historical, social and cultural context of the environment?
Critical Thinking in Developmental Psychology
Required readings posted in Canvas - Files
Modules - prezi, additional readings and videos
Exams x 3 (20% each) = 60%
Quizzes x 5-7 = 20% - unannounced, lowest grade dropped - NO MAKEUPS
Online Discussion Posts x 8 = 20% - due on Saturday midnight
Best advice – always communicate!!
Any questions about the syllabus?
Complete and return Student Information Sheet.
Read pages 1-6
See you on Wednesday!!
Multidirectional - as some capacities or behaviors decrease, others increase
Multidimensional - domains are all interrelated; multiple influences
Lifelong process - change occurs throughout the lifespan; no age period dominates
Plasticity - capacity for change across the lifespan
Multidisciplinary - studied by many fields
Attendance: Often much of lecture and class discussions are things not covered in the book, however exams and quizzes will cover both materials from the book, readings, and class discussions - responsible for all.
"Experience/Read - Reflect - Share/Act"
NO laptops, cell or smart phones.
Address as Peter or Mr. B, NOT Doctor,
Professor or Sir.
If you have any problems, communicate
those to me before they become major obstacles.