Ch 8: Beliefs, Attitudes & Development

About This Chapter

Use our video lessons to learn about stages of moral and cognitive development and types of belief systems. Get the definition of cultural values and social norms.

Beliefs, Attitudes & Development - Chapter Summary

This chapter's lessons look at Jean Piaget's ideas regarding cognitive development, along with Kohlberg's stages of moral development and Carol Gilligan's theory of moral development. You will also be exposed to George Herbert Mead's works on the self, me and I.

Our instructors talk about cultural values and attitudes. You'll see what social norms are and learn about belief systems. After completing these lessons, you should be prepared to:

  • Describe Piaget's stages of cognitive development
  • Name Kohlberg's stages of moral development
  • Interpret Gilligan's theory of moral development
  • Define cultural values and tell why they're important
  • Discuss how attitudes are formed and their influence on behavior
  • Give examples of social norms for infants, children and adults
  • Define belief systems and state some types

These lessons are taught by expert instructors who make them both entertaining and informative. Each lesson is accompanied by a written transcript with key terms highlighted. The quizzes at the end of the lessons allow you to test your knowledge, and the jump feature in the video timelines let you quickly return to points that require review.

8 Lessons in Chapter 8: Beliefs, Attitudes & Development
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Jean Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development

1. Jean Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development

Jean Piaget developed a theory of cognitive development that described and explained the changes in logical thinking of children and adolescents. Within that theory, he identified four stages of cognitive development through which all learners must proceed. This lesson will introduce you to and differentiate between those stages.

Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development

2. 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.

Carol Gilligan's Theory of Moral Development

3. Carol Gilligan's Theory of Moral Development

How does one choose between right and wrong? Are there differences in moral development based on gender? Psychologist Carol Gilligan proposed a theory that highlights the differences between male and female moral development.

George Herbert Mead: The Self, ''Me'' & ''I''

4. George Herbert Mead: The Self, ''Me'' & ''I''

How does one define self? This lesson will help answer that question by exploring the theory of self, differentiating between the concepts of 'me' and 'I' and describing the concept of looking-glass self.

Cultural Values: Definition, Examples & Importance

5. Cultural Values: Definition, Examples & Importance

Think about your favorite family or religious celebration. Chances are that your traditions are directly connected to the cultural values that your community has been passing down for generations.

Attitudes: Components, Formation & Measurement

6. Attitudes: Components, Formation & Measurement

Have you ever wondered how your attitudes are formed and how they affect your behavior? In this lesson, we'll take a look at some of the internal and external factors that form our attitudes and how our behavior can be affected or changed by various influences.

What Are Social Norms? Definition & Examples in Infants, Children & Adults

7. What Are Social Norms? Definition & Examples in Infants, Children & Adults

In this lesson, you will gain an understanding of social norms and define related terms. You will also examine the effects of social norms in infants, children, adolescents, and adults.

Belief Systems: Definition & Types

8. Belief Systems: Definition & Types

Do you associate with a specific religion or political party? In this lesson, we will discuss belief systems and explore the numerous ways that they influence our lives.

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