Ch 11: AP Psychology: Early Childhood Psychological Development Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The AP Psychology: Early Childhood Psychological Development chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach methods of studying psychological development and important developmental theories in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the AP Psychology: Early Childhood Psychological Development chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Overview of developmental psychology,
Scientific method in social science
What the field of developmental psychology covers, the concept of normative development, social science research strategies and data collection
Tuesday Prenatal and infant development Stages of inter-uterine growth, physical characteristics, instict and attachment, and innate reflexes
Wednesday Harlow's experiment with monkeys Research into children's needs for physical and emotional care
Thursday Psychological developmental theories Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development and the concepts of assimilation and accomodation, Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development, Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development, the theory of mind and false belief task
Friday Identity development and parenting How parenting styles affect identity, Erikson's Stages of Identity Formation, nature vs. nurture and gender differences

15 Lessons in Chapter 11: AP Psychology: Early Childhood Psychological Development Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Developmental Psychology: Definition, Theorists & Types of Growth

1. Developmental Psychology: Definition, Theorists & Types of Growth

Why do we study psychological development? People change over their lifetimes, and developmental psychology helps us explore what changes and what stays the same. Learn about some of the big names in this field whose work and theories you'll explore in other lessons

Scientific Method Applications to Human Growth and Development Research

2. Scientific Method Applications to Human Growth and Development Research

Human growth and development researchers utilize the scientific method as they attempt to explain how a person changes throughout their life. The following lesson will explore this process.

Data Collection Methods for Human Growth and Development Research

3. Data Collection Methods for Human Growth and Development Research

This lesson will help you understand and differentiate between the methods of data collection that can be used in human growth and development research.

Cross-sectional, Longitudinal & Sequential Designs: Advantages & Disadvantages

4. Cross-sectional, Longitudinal & Sequential Designs: Advantages & Disadvantages

This lesson examines the three main ways of conducting research on adults and older individuals. Specifically, we will examine the three types, some of their advantages, and some of their disadvantages.

Prenatal Development & Psychology: Stages & Abnormal Development

5. Prenatal Development & Psychology: Stages & Abnormal Development

How is prenatal development related to psychology? How are minds forming in the womb still linked to the outside environment? This lesson explores the stages of prenatal development and a mother's ability to affect her unborn child.

Studying Infant Development in Psychology: Experiments, Instincts & Abilities

6. Studying Infant Development in Psychology: Experiments, Instincts & Abilities

Watch babies brave heights at the insistence of their smiling mothers! You'll learn how instinct and attachment can help infants explore their environments through the visual cliff experiments.

Harlow's Monkeys: Experiment, Comfort & Socialization

7. Harlow's Monkeys: Experiment, Comfort & Socialization

What happens when you make a baby monkey choose between food and comfort? The Harlows answered this question in a series of primate experiments. Love is important, so how will these lonely monkeys function without it?

Assimilation & Accommodation in Psychology: Definition & Examples

8. Assimilation & Accommodation in Psychology: Definition & Examples

How do assimilation and accommodation help a child adapt to his environment? You'll explore how established and changing patterns of information drive a child's intellectual growth as he learns about cats and dogs.

Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development

9. Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development

How does a child's thinking change as she gets older? When does she learn about object permanence, conservation and abstract reasoning? You'll see that thought processes we take for granted as adults are actually important milestones in a child's cognitive development.

The Theory of Mind and the False Belief Task

10. The Theory of Mind and the False Belief Task

As people age, the way we understand others and the world around us changes. In this lesson, we'll examine one of the areas in which children's thinking changes, theory of mind, and how psychologists measure it with the false belief task.

Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development

11. Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development

The role of culture and social interactions are imperative to cognitive development, according to psychologist, Lev Vygotsky. This lesson will discuss how social interactions play a role in cognitive development of children, provide an overview of Vygotsky's cultural-historical theory and describe the stages of speech and language development.

Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development

12. Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development

How do people learn to make morally sound decisions? To illustrate Kohlberg's levels of moral development, we'll follow Lauren as she makes difficult decisions.

Parenting Styles: Authoritarian, Permissive & Neglectful

13. Parenting Styles: Authoritarian, Permissive & Neglectful

How do parenting styles differ from one another, and which are most effective? You'll follow expectant parents, Mary and Larry, as they walk their neighborhood and try to learn from other parents.

Erikson's Stages of Psychosocial Development: Theory & Examples

14. Erikson's Stages of Psychosocial Development: Theory & Examples

How do we form identities as we age and grow? To answer this question, Erik Erikson came up with eight stages of identity formation that revolve around conflict and resolution. Who are you, and who will you become after completing this lesson?

Gender Differences: The Nature Versus Nurture Debate

15. 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.

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