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Ch 18: Human Development Theories

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Study theories of human development as you prepare for the Illinois Licensure Testing Systems (ILTS) Social Science: Psychology exam. Make studying easier - watch video lessons and take self-assessment quizzes that have been prepared by experienced educatiors.

ILTS Social Science Psychology - Human Development Theories - Chapter Summary

With these online lessons, you can refresh and add to your knowledge of the human developmental theory topics covered in the test. Video instructors talk you through all the steps and the vocabulary to make each lesson easy to understand. Lessons in this chapter include:

  • Bronfenbrenner's ecological systems theory of development: definition and examples
  • Classical conditioning vs. operant conditioning: differences and examples
  • Differences between Freud and Erikson's approaches to psychoanalytic theory: differences and analysis
  • Evolutionary theory's applications to learning
  • Freud's psychoanalytic theory on instincts, motivation, personality, and development
  • Gender differences: the nature versus nurture debate
  • Gottlieb's epigenetic psychobiological systems perspective: concepts and definitions
  • Human growth and development theories

ILTS Social Science Psychology: Objectives

The Illinois Licensure Testing Systems (ILTS) Social Science: Psychology exam is used to determine your readiness for licensing in your subject. The exam includes core objectives that measure your knowledge of the social science field in general. The eight objectives of the social science exams are for you to:

  1. Understand the basic methods and tools of social science inquiry
  2. Understand the use of analysis, evaluation, and interpretation in a social science context
  3. Understand basic political concepts, including the political structures at the state, local, and national levels within the U.S.
  4. Understand basic U.S. and world economy concepts
  5. Demonstrate basic understanding of cultural and political geography
  6. Recognize terms and concepts related to human developmental theory
  7. Understand terms related to the study of cultures, the structures of human societies, and the interactions between cultures
  8. Recognize the interpretive and comparative natures of the study of history

On the Psychology exam, you'll earn a score of between 100 and 300. To apply for licensing in this subject, you'll need to score at least 240. On the exam, you'll answer 125 multiple-choice questions. As part of each video lesson, you can take a multiple-choice self-assessment quiz. This way, you can judge how well you remember the material as you go, and you get experience answering questions similar to those found on the test.

8 Lessons in Chapter 18: Human Development Theories
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Gender Differences: The Nature Versus Nurture Debate

1. 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.

Human Growth and Development Theories

2. 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.

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.

Freud and Erikson's Approaches to Psychoanalytic Theory: Differences & Analysis

4. Freud and Erikson's Approaches to Psychoanalytic Theory: Differences & Analysis

Differentiate between Freud's and Erikson's approaches to psychoanalytic theory in this lesson. You will examine and compare developmental stages side by side and have the opportunity to test your knowledge with a quiz at the end.

Classical Conditioning vs. Operant Conditioning: Differences and Examples

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

Gottlieb's Epigenetic Psychobiological Systems Perspective: Concepts & Definitions

8. Gottlieb's Epigenetic Psychobiological Systems Perspective: Concepts & Definitions

Learn about the epigenetic psychobiological systems perspective and Gilbert Gottlieb's theory of probabilistic epigenesis. This theory will help you understand how development is dependent not only on your genes, but also neural activity, behavior and the environment.

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