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Ch 10: GACE Behavioral Science: Childhood & Adolescent Development

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With this chapter review the factors that influence human development of children and adolescents as you prepare for the GACE Behavioral Science exam. Watch the series of short, engaging lesson videos to improve your understanding of the physical, cognitive, social and sexual development of children and adolescents.

GACE Behavioral Science: Childhood & Adolescent Development - Chapter Summary

Complete the activities of this chapter to increase your understanding of the factors that affect the physical, cognitive, social and sexual development of children and adolescents. Follow along with our professional instructors in this series of short, engaging lesson videos to improve your knowledge about:

  • Effects of gender differences on human development
  • Role of genetics and the environment on human development
  • Physical development of childhood and adolescence
  • Cognitive development of childhood and adolescence
  • Sexual development of adolescence
  • Social development and identity

These lessons are mobile device friendly so you can watch them on your handheld devices at your own convenience. Also, try reading over the lesson transcripts for an alternative written review of the material. Test your understanding of the subjects presented in these lessons with the lesson quizzes and chapter exam to find the topics you don't quite understand. Then return to the lesson videos with video tags to improve your understanding of these topics before test day.

11 Lessons in Chapter 10: GACE Behavioral Science: Childhood & Adolescent Development
Gender Differences: The Nature Versus Nurture Debate

1. Gender Differences: The Nature Versus Nurture Debate

Are boys better in math and science courses than girls? Are girls better at activities like dance? Gender stereotypes are abundant in society. Are these stereotypes based on real differences or perpetuated opinions? This lesson focuses on gender differences and the influence of nature versus nurture.

How Genetics and the Environment Interact in Human Development

2. How Genetics and the Environment Interact in Human Development

Everyone is different. But what makes a person unique? In this lesson, we'll examine the way genes and the environment affect who a person is, including looking at the nature vs. nurture debate and looking at how nature and nurture influence one another.

Physical Development in Early Childhood

3. Physical Development in Early Childhood

Between the ages of two and seven, children grow and develop dramatically. Watch this lesson to look at some of the physical developments in early childhood, including balance, fine motor coordination and brain development.

Cognitive Development in Children and Adolescents

4. Cognitive Development in Children and Adolescents

If you were to observe children growing into their teenage years, you would notice their thinking and understanding develops over time. In this lesson, you will learn about the specific stages of mental growth in children and adolescents as outlined by Jean Piaget.

Social Development of Children: Self-Esteem

5. Social Development of Children: Self-Esteem

The social development of children has a strong influence on self-esteem. In this lesson, we will explore the way children feel about themselves and look into several ways caretakers can improve a child's self-esteem.

Physical Development in Middle Childhood

6. Physical Development in Middle Childhood

Between the ages of seven and twelve, children physically grow and change in ways that influence every part of their lives. In this lesson, we'll look at the ways that physical and brain development impact emotional and intellectual abilities.

Attention, Memory, and Meta-Cognition Development in Middle Childhood

7. Attention, Memory, and Meta-Cognition Development in Middle Childhood

As kids grow and age, their intellectual (or cognitive) skills develop as well. Watch this lesson to find out more about cognitive development in childhood, including the relationship between attention and memory, and the skill of meta-cognition.

Physical Growth in Adolescence

8. Physical Growth in Adolescence

Adolescents go through many physical changes. Watch this lesson to find out some of the physical developments that happen during adolescence, including those related to puberty, growth spurts and gender differences in growth.

Sexual Development and Maturation of the Adolescent

9. Sexual Development and Maturation of the Adolescent

In this lesson, explore the changes that take place during puberty. You will meet Dick and Jane as they experience these changes, and you will be able to test your knowledge with a quiz at the end.

Social Development of Adolescents: Identity

10. Social Development of Adolescents: Identity

Adolescents often go through a process of discovering what they believe and who they are. In this lesson, we will examine how a teenager develops his or her self concept and identity. We will also take a look at common factors that influence a teen's identity.

Child and Adolescent Development: Developmental Milestones & Nature vs. Nurture

11. Child and Adolescent Development: Developmental Milestones & Nature vs. Nurture

How does a child develop cognitively? Which influences development more - genetics or the environment? How important are early experiences in the growth and cognitive development of a child? These are some of the major questions that guide the work of researchers in the field of educational psychology. This lesson will begin to address these questions by describing the basic principles that characterize child and adolescent development.

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