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- Discuss the four basic principles that define child and adolescent development.
- Learn how to apply cognitive developmental psychology to the classroom.
- List Piaget's four stages of cognitive development.
- Examine Lev Vygotsky's theory of cognitive development.
- Learn how the zone of proximal development and scaffolding can be applied to the classroom.
- Explore different tools that can be used to enhance cognitive development.
- Discuss the ways social and cognitive development can impact interpersonal relationships.
- Describe Erikson's stages of identity formation.
- Understand how language develops in children.
- Examine bilingual and multicultural education.
- Provide examples of morality and prosocial behavior.
- Learn about Carol Gilligan's theory of moral development.
- Become familiar with Kohlberg's stages of moral development.
- Take a look at gender differences in the classroom.
- Explore new developments in the nature vs. nurture debate regarding gender differences.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
20. Oral Stage and Freud
In this lesson, you will learn about the oral stage of psychosexual personality development as proposed by Sigmund Freud. Following this lesson, you will have the opportunity to test your knowledge with a short quiz.
21. 4th Grade Science Fair Projects
This lesson explores a variety of science fair project topics that fourth grade students might investigate. It also provides some suggestions for how to successfully guide students through their projects.
22. Classroom Rules and Procedures for Kindergarten
Kindergarten can be an exciting time! For many students, kindergarten will be their first experience with school. This lesson will share classroom rules and procedures for a successful kindergarten school year!
23. Classroom Rules for High School
The focus of this lesson is to address classroom rules at the high school level. First, we'll look at examples, we'll discuss the need for classroom rules, and finally, we'll look at how to create classroom rules.
24. Critical Thinking Activities for High School
This lesson discusses the importance of critical thinking. Read on for several suggestions for implementing critical thinking activities in the classroom.
25. Current Trends in Higher Education
What's trending in higher education? This article will highlight some of the latest trends in education including student loans/debt, career and technical education, earning credit, and course delivery.
26. Financial Literacy for College Students
With limited income, college students need to understand the importance of planning and following a budget, as well as the dangers of credit cards. This lesson provide an outline of budget planning and credit card terminology.
27. Fun Reading Activities for Middle School
In this lesson, you will be introduced to five fun reading activities that apply to middle school language arts skills. With these activities, you will be able to create an atmosphere that fosters the joy of reading and reading comprehension.
28. Kindergarten Classroom Management Strategies
Explore some useful ways to manage behavior in your kindergarten classroom. This lesson will help you control the chaos with helpful kindergarten classroom management strategies and example scenarios to show them in action.
29. Marketing Activities for High School Students
Getting high school students interested in learning is a challenge for any teacher. Those who teach business classes, such as marketing, have an especially dry subject. Read on to learn about some engaging marketing activities to use in high school classrooms.
30. Plant Activities for First Grade
Teaching first grade students about plants is best done through activities that provide students with hands-on experience. This lesson will describe several activities for teaching about plants in first grade.
31. Study Skills for High School
This lesson addresses the high school student and focuses on applying several strategies for improving one's study skills. Each method is explained in detail, and the benefits of each are discussed.
32. Technology in the Kindergarten Classroom
Using technology in a kindergarten classroom is not only a fun addition to students' learning process but also a very vital and valuable part of education. This lesson can give you more ideas how to implement technology into your everyday teaching.
33. Range of Reaction: Definition & Child Development Psychology
The debate between 'nature' and 'nurture' as the most important influence in an organism's life is one of the classical debates of psychology. Range of reaction, also known as reaction range, is one answer to this debate.
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