Child Psychology Paper Topics

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Learning about child psychology can be a wonderful way for students to understand the mind and its development. This lesson offers paper topics that'll get your students thinking and writing deeply and critically.

Learning Child Psychology

Are you trying to interest your students in the inner workings of the mind, or perhaps in their own developmental processes? If so, it might be worthwhile for you to get them investigating child psychology. When students learn about child psychology, they start to understand how the mind works, how family and environment might influence individuals, and about different theories concerning learning and growth. One way to ignite student interest in these realms is by having students write individual research topics. The topics in this lesson offer diverse windows for getting your students interested in child psychology.

Cognitive Psychology

One important aspect of child psychology has to do with cognition, or how children learn. This section offers a few topics dealing with the cognitive psychology of childhood.

  • Research the classical cognitive theories of Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky. Write a paper synthesizing what each of these thinkers had to say about how children learn. Then, show some of the ways each theorist has been critiqued over time, and weigh in with your own views regarding the currency and relevance of their theories on child psychology.
  • Describe on major theory of childhood cognition, such as conservation, theory of mind, dynamic systems theory, or theories on the role of play in cognition. Explain what you see as the benefits and pitfalls of the theory, and summarize its implications for teaching and learning in childhood.
  • What are the major ways that cognitive development interacts with the other facets of development, such as neurological, social, and emotional development? Analyze these interactions and their implications in your paper.

Social & Emotional Psychology

The social dynamics and emotions of childhood also play a key part in understanding child psychology. The topics in this section deal specifically with social and emotional development.

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