Ch 15: Cognitive Development: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The Cognitive Development unit of this High School Psychology Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about cognitive development. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our High School Psychology Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about cognitive development. There is no faster or easier way to learn about psychology. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about symbolic language as well as static and transformation thought.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a psychology curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a cognitive development unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Cognitive Development Unit Objectives:

  • Learn about motor development and physical growth.
  • Explore memory and intellectual changes that occur in late adulthood.
  • Explain fluid intelligence and convergent knowledge.
  • Understand object permanence and the stages of sensorimotor periods.
  • Explain how attention levels evolve.
  • Study Lev Vygotsky's cognitive development theory.

13 Lessons in Chapter 15: Cognitive Development: Homeschool Curriculum
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Attention as Part of Cognitive Development: Definition & Process

1. Attention as Part of Cognitive Development: Definition & Process

The act of ~'paying attention~' is defined as focusing on and processing the information that is present in a person's surrounding. Explore the different types of attention: selective, divided, sustained, and executive, and learn how a person's relationship with attention can change overtime.

What is Information Processing? - Definition & Stages

2. What is Information Processing? - Definition & Stages

Information processing theory is used by psychologists to describe the stages of how individuals receive, decipher, and react to daily occurrences in their lives. Learn more about the definition of the stages included in information processing theory and the role of the three stages of memory.

Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development

3. Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development

Psychologist Lev Vygotsky argued that cognitive development is greatly impacted by culture and social interactions. Learn about Vygotsky's theory of cognitive development, including the theory's six assumptions. Explore the four stages of speech development identified by Vygotsky.

Cognitive Development in Infants: Object Permanence & Sensorimotor Periods

4. Cognitive Development in Infants: Object Permanence & Sensorimotor Periods

During infancy, babies interact with the world through sensory experiences that help build their cognitive development. This lesson will focus on the sensorimotor stage and its six substages: the use of reflexes, primary circular reaction, secondary circular reactions, coordination of secondary circular reactions, tertiary circular reactions, and coordination of tertiary circular reactions.

Cognitive Development in Children and Adolescents

5. Cognitive Development in Children and Adolescents

There are three major stages of cognitive development for children and adolescents outlined by Jean Piaget. Learn about the preoperational stage, concrete operational stage, and formal operational stages of development, as well as how children think during each stage.

Stages of Language Development: Pre-Linguistic and Symbolic Language

6. Stages of Language Development: Pre-Linguistic and Symbolic Language

The stages of language development explores the process of children learning syntax. Discover the pre-linguistic language stage, symbolic/linguistic language stage, and expressive vs. receptive language in this lesson. Lastly, the four categories of pre-linguistic language development and the six categories of linguistic language development are detailed.

Cognitive Development in Children: Conservation, Decentration & Centration

7. Cognitive Development in Children: Conservation, Decentration & Centration

As children grow, so does their thinking skills, knowledge, and learning ability. Learn about cognitive development in children, including the main concepts of centration, decentration, and conservation, and discover how they relate to each other.

How Children Understand Change: Reversibility, Transformation Thought & Static Thought

8. How Children Understand Change: Reversibility, Transformation Thought & Static Thought

During childhood, it is important that a person learns critical thinking and coping skills. Learn more about those skills including reversibility, transformation thought & static thought and discover why they are crucial to the cognitive development of children.

The Role of Play in Cognitive Development

9. The Role of Play in Cognitive Development

When children play, they develop cognitive skills, which are necessary for learning, memory, reasoning, and other critical intellectual abilities. Explore the role of play in cognitive development, and review the benefits of each of the six types of play.

Cognitive Development in Adults

10. Cognitive Development in Adults

As people age, their thought processes change, and though some cognitive abilities decrease in middle age, some increase. Learn about cognitive development in middle-aged adults and explore how executive functioning and wisdom increase in this stage.

Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood

11. Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood

As people age, their cognitive abilities change. Learn about cognitive development in late adulthood, including information processing, wisdom, memory, and attention. Explore implicit and procedural memory, and review two approaches to define wisdom.

Memory and Information Processing Over Time

12. Memory and Information Processing Over Time

Memory is a concept often referred to but not always understood. Learn more about memory by exploring how information is processed over time, from memory development during infancy, through childhood and adolescence, and throughout adulthood.

Knowledge and Change in Intelligence Over Time

13. Knowledge and Change in Intelligence Over Time

Psychologist Raymond Cattell classified learners as possessing either fluid or crystallized intelligence. Explore divergent vs. convergent thinking, different ways to assimilate knowledge, and change in intelligence over time.

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