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Ch 2: Developmental Learning Theories

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Brush up on information about growth and development in infants and children. Learn about types of human growth and explore theories and stages of development.

Developmental Learning Theories - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter's lessons to brush up on theories of human growth and development and review various developmental perspectives. Explore Freud's work on instincts, motivation and personality, and look at Piaget's work on cognitive development. Other lessons examine classical and operant conditioning, and applications of evolutionary theory to learning. Watching these lessons should help you to better understand:

  • Behavioral, cognitive, social cognitive and constructivist developmental perspectives
  • Freud's psychoanalytic theory
  • Piaget's concrete operational stage of development
  • Erikson's stages of identity formation
  • Children's identity development theory
  • Classical vs. operant conditioning
  • Bronfenbrenner's ecological systems theory of development
  • Evolutionary theory and learning

Our instructors have filled these brief lessons with examples to help you better understand the concepts. You can test your knowledge with the quizzes at the end of each lesson, and video tags allow you to review key topics without re-watching the whole lesson. Still need help? The instructors are just an e-mail away and are happy to answer questions.

12 Lessons in Chapter 2: Developmental Learning Theories
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Human Growth and Development Theories

1. Human Growth and Development Theories

This lesson will give you an overview of the major human development theories. You will briefly examine their strengths and weaknesses and meet a few key figures from each theory.

Behavioral, Cognitive, Developmental, Social Cognitive & Constructivist Perspectives

2. Behavioral, Cognitive, Developmental, Social Cognitive & Constructivist Perspectives

How do different people learn? Not everyone agrees. In educational psychology, there are many differing perspectives. This lesson will differentiate between the following psychological perspectives: behavioral, cognitive, developmental, social cognitive and constructivist.

Freud's Psychoanalytic Theory on Instincts, Motivation, Personality & Development

3. Freud's Psychoanalytic Theory on Instincts, Motivation, Personality & Development

Learn how Sigmund Freud's theories helped shape our modern understanding of human motivation and personality development. Review key terms and take a quiz at the end of the lesson to test your knowledge.

Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development

4. Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development

Jean Piaget's theory of cognitive development focuses on how learners interact with their environment to develop complex reasoning and knowledge. This lesson will focus on the six basic assumptions of that theory, including the key terms: assimilation, accommodation and equilibration.

Concrete Operational Stage of Child Development: Piaget's Logical Principles

5. Concrete Operational Stage of Child Development: Piaget's Logical Principles

As children age, they begin to understand the world in new ways. In this lesson, we'll look at Piaget's concrete operational stage of development and cognitive gains made during that time, including classification, seriation, and transitivity.

Erikson's Stages of Psychosocial Development: Theory & Examples

6. 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?

Children's Identity Development Theory: Model & Stages

7. Children's Identity Development Theory: Model & Stages

Learn about children's identity development theory. Find out what the different stages of development are and review the model. Read the lesson, and then take the quiz to test your new knowledge.

Albert Bandura: Social-Cognitive Theory and Vicarious Learning

8. Albert Bandura: Social-Cognitive Theory and Vicarious Learning

A person's cognition, environment and behavior play important roles in learning new knowledge and skills. This lesson will focus on Albert Bandura's contributions to social learning and vicarious experiences.

Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development

9. 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.

Classical Conditioning vs. Operant Conditioning: Differences and Examples

10. Classical Conditioning vs. Operant Conditioning: Differences and Examples

This lesson will compare classical conditioning and operant conditioning. Examples are provided and key terms associated with each type of learning are defined.

Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems Theory of Development: Definition & Examples

11. Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems Theory of Development: Definition & Examples

Learn about Bronfenbrenner's ecological systems theory in this lesson and explore the five levels of the environment that can influence human development.

Evolutionary Theory's Applications to Learning

12. Evolutionary Theory's Applications to Learning

In this lesson you will learn about evolutionary theory's application to instinctual learning and human development through natural selection. There is a quiz to test your knowledge at the end.

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