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Ch 2: Developmental Psychology in Children and Adolescents Lesson Plans

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The Developmental Psychology in Children and Adolescents chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the essentials of psychological development throughout this age span 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 Developmental Psychology in Children and Adolescents 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.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Developmental milestones, cognitive development, using cognitive developmental psychology in the classroom Nature vs. nurture, internal mental processes, Piaget's cognitive development theory, scheme, equilibrium and disequilibrium
Tuesday Piaget's stages of cognitive development, assimilation and accomodation, Vygotsky's cognitive development theory, zone of proximal development and social constructivism Sensorimotor, preoperational, concrete operational, conservation, reversibility, formal operational, preintellectual speech, autonomous speech, self-talk and scaffolding
Wednesday Tools for cognitive advancement, comparison of Piaget's and Vygotsky's theories, effects of cognitive development on interpersonal relationships and Erikson's identity formation stages Signs, concepts, strategies, symbols, cultural-based mechanisms, oral-sensory, muscular-anal, locomotor, latency and ego integrity
Thursday Language development in children, bilingual education, prosocial behavior and Gilligan's moral development theory Linguistics, immersion, morality, care-based morality and justice-based morality
Friday Kohlberg's moral development stages, gender differences in the classroom and the nature vs. nurture debate related to gender differences Pre-conventional, conventional, post-conventional, educational implications of gender differences, nature/heredity, nurture/environment, gender schemas and gender equity

20 Lessons in Chapter 2: Developmental Psychology in Children and Adolescents Lesson Plans
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Child and Adolescent Development: Developmental Milestones & Nature vs. Nurture

1. Child and Adolescent Development: Developmental Milestones & Nature vs. Nurture

How does a child develop cognitively? Which influences development more - genetics or the environment? How important are early experiences in the growth and cognitive development of a child? These are some of the major questions that guide the work of researchers in the field of educational psychology. This lesson will begin to address these questions by describing the basic principles that characterize child and adolescent development.

Using Cognitive Development Psychology in the Classroom

2. Using Cognitive Development Psychology in the Classroom

Do you ever feel bombarded with the amount of new information in a class? How do you process new information in order to create usable knowledge? These are the types of questions cognitive psychologists and teachers seek to answer. This lesson will explore and apply the major assumptions of cognitive development and psychology.

Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development

3. 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.

Assimilation & Accommodation in Psychology: Definition & Examples

4. 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.

Jean Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development

5. 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.

Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development

6. 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.

Zone of Proximal Development and Scaffolding in the Classroom

7. Zone of Proximal Development and Scaffolding in the Classroom

Psychologist Lev Vygotsky developed a theory of cognitive development which focused on the role of culture in the development of higher mental functions. Several concepts arose from that theory that are important to classroom learning. This lesson will focus on two concepts: zone of proximal development and scaffolding.

Social Constructivism and the Mediated Learning Experience

8. Social Constructivism and the Mediated Learning Experience

A well-accepted fact among educational psychologists is the idea that knowledge is not absorbed but rather constructed through a person's experiences with his or her environment. This knowledge may be constructed individually or collaboratively. This lesson will briefly explain the processes behind knowledge construction and provide information on how socially constructed knowledge can advance the cognitive development of learners.

Tools to Advance Cognitive Development

9. Tools to Advance Cognitive Development

The word 'tool' has a connotation of something that aids us. Normally, we think of tools being something manipulated with our hands to help us build. In this lesson, we will learn about tools designed to promote cognitive development.

Differences between Piaget & Vygotsky's Cognitive Development Theories

10. Differences between Piaget & Vygotsky's Cognitive Development Theories

Two of the most recognized cognitive psychologists, Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky, developed theories that addressed cognitive development and learning among children and adolescents. While there are similarities between the two theories, differences exist, and those differences are critical to the understanding and application of the theories in educational settings. This lesson will highlight those major differences.

Social & Cognitive Development: Impact on Interpersonal Relationships

11. Social & Cognitive Development: Impact on Interpersonal Relationships

How does association with a group of people impact behavior and learning? Are friendships relevant to understanding the behavior of students in a classroom? This lesson discusses social development by exploring interpersonal relationship functions and types.

Erikson's Stages of Psychosocial Development: Theory & Examples

12. 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?

Linguistics: Language Development in Children

13. Linguistics: Language Development in Children

How does a baby's babble turn into intelligible speech? Are there underlining innate traits that drive language development in children? Or is it the social interaction with others that encourages language development? This lesson will explore these questions and discuss how aspects of language change over time.

Bilingual Education, Immersion & Multicultural Education

14. Bilingual Education, Immersion & Multicultural Education

Educators use many approaches for second-language instruction. The approaches vary based on the individual needs of the learner, focusing on his or her current language abilities, background, and cultural experiences. This lesson will differentiate between the different types of second-language instruction, including immersion, bilingual education, and multicultural education.

Moral & Prosocial Behavior: Definitions & Examples of Classroom Applications

15. Moral & Prosocial Behavior: Definitions & Examples of Classroom Applications

Caring, volunteering, empathizing with others: these are all traits of moral and prosocial behavior. As children age, they develop such moral and prosocial behaviors and traits. This lesson will define these key terms and discuss ways to promote moral and prosocial behavior in the classroom.

Carol Gilligan's Theory of Moral Development

16. 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.

Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development

17. 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.

Gender Differences in the Classroom: Physical, Cognitive & Behavioral

18. Gender Differences in the Classroom: Physical, Cognitive & Behavioral

Growing up, did you ever observe gender differences among girls and boys in school? Do you still observe gender differences as an adult? There are established gender differences noted in a variety of contexts. This lesson will explore specific differences in physical and motor skills, cognitive abilities and more.

Gender Differences: The Nature Versus Nurture Debate

19. 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.

How to Improve Social Skills

20. How to Improve Social Skills

We all struggle with social interactions and knowing what is or is not appropriate. This lesson offers tips for improving social skills. Improving our social skills can help to improve confidence and the quality of our relationships.

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