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Ch 8: Developmental Psychology Lesson Plans

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The Developmental Psychology chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach child development and parenting styles 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 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 Introduction to developmental psychology Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson; physical changes and developmental continuities
Tuesday Prenatal and infant development; Harlow's monkeys Zygote, embryo, differentiation, instinct; attachment, love and warmth
Wednesday Piaget's stage theory of cognitive development Adaptation, assimilation, accommodation and schemas
Thursday Piagetian stages of cognitive development; Kohlberg's theory of moral development; identity formation Object permanence, sensorimotor stage, formal operations; stages of moral development , conventional moral development; psychosocial identity formation and latency
Friday Parenting styles Authoritarian, responsive and permissive parenting styles and demands

9 Lessons in Chapter 8: Developmental Psychology Lesson Plans
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Developmental Psychology: Definition, Theorists & Types of Growth

1. Developmental Psychology: Definition, Theorists & Types of Growth

Why do we study psychological development? People change over their lifetimes, and developmental psychology helps us explore what changes and what stays the same. Learn about some of the big names in this field whose work and theories you'll explore in other lessons

Prenatal Development & Psychology: Stages & Abnormal Development

2. Prenatal Development & Psychology: Stages & Abnormal Development

How is prenatal development related to psychology? How are minds forming in the womb still linked to the outside environment? This lesson explores the stages of prenatal development and a mother's ability to affect her unborn child.

Studying Infant Development in Psychology: Experiments, Instincts & Abilities

3. Studying Infant Development in Psychology: Experiments, Instincts & Abilities

Watch babies brave heights at the insistence of their smiling mothers! You'll learn how instinct and attachment can help infants explore their environments through the visual cliff experiments.

Harlow's Monkeys: Experiment, Comfort & Socialization

4. Harlow's Monkeys: Experiment, Comfort & Socialization

What happens when you make a baby monkey choose between food and comfort? The Harlows answered this question in a series of primate experiments. Love is important, so how will these lonely monkeys function without it?

Assimilation & Accommodation in Psychology: Definition & Examples

5. 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.

Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development

6. Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development

How does a child's thinking change as she gets older? When does she learn about object permanence, conservation and abstract reasoning? You'll see that thought processes we take for granted as adults are actually important milestones in a child's cognitive development.

Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development

7. 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.

Parenting Styles: Authoritarian, Permissive & Neglectful

8. Parenting Styles: Authoritarian, Permissive & Neglectful

How do parenting styles differ from one another, and which are most effective? You'll follow expectant parents, Mary and Larry, as they walk their neighborhood and try to learn from other parents.

Erikson's Stages of Psychosocial Development: Theory & Examples

9. 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?

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