Ch 1: Human Development Theories & Processes

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Check out this self-paced chapter to study the fundamentals of human development theories and processes. The chapter's lessons and self-assessments offer you a quick way to review these concepts for upcoming teacher exams.

Human Development Theories & Processes - Chapter Summary

As you progress through this chapter, you'll learn about the theories, processes and stages of human growth and development. Follow along with our expert instructors to see how people develop physically, cognitively, emotionally, socially and morally. Upon completion of the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explain several theories related to human growth and development
  • Outline the stages of human development from birth to late adulthood
  • Differentiate between physical, cognitive, social and emotional development
  • Trace the development of language in children
  • Recognize the stages of moral development

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6 Lessons in Chapter 1: Human Development Theories & Processes
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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.

Human Development Stages From Infancy to Late Adulthood

2. Human Development Stages From Infancy to Late Adulthood

Human development is a process that continues throughout our lives. This lesson will take a look at the progression of human development from infancy to late adulthood with all the stages in between.

What Is Physical Development? - Definition and Examples

3. What Is Physical Development? - Definition and Examples

Everyone grows and changes throughout their lives. In this lesson, we'll look at some important times in physical development, including childhood and old age, and how physical development contributes to other types of development.

What are Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Development?

4. What are Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Development?

People grow and develop in many different ways and in many different areas. In this lesson, we'll look closer at three types of human development: cognitive, social, and emotional development.

Linguistics: Language Development in Children

5. 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.

What Is Moral Development? - Definition & Stages

6. What Is Moral Development? - Definition & Stages

How do we know the difference between right and wrong? This lesson will explore the stages of moral development, which is the process by which human beings develop the ability to distinguish between good and bad behaviors.

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