Ch 1: Human Growth & Development

About This Chapter

Use our video lessons, texts and quizzes to learn about perspectives and influences on human growth and development. Look at the nature vs. nurture debate and see how genetics and environment impact development.

Human Growth & Development - Chapter Summary

The lessons and quizzes in this chapter explore the nature of human development and its influences. Our expert instructors will discussion various perspectives and types of development including physical, emotional and cognitive. You'll learn how gender and genetics impact human development. By the end of this chapter, you should be prepared to:

  • Discuss influences on development
  • Explain views of development, such as cognitive, constructivist and behavioral, and name the psychologists associated with each
  • Define and give examples of physical development
  • Review the nature vs. nurture debate and gender differences
  • Examine the interaction of genetics and environment in human development

Our brief video lessons, taught by experts in the field, make learning both informative and fun! At the end of each lesson is a self-assessment quiz that lets you test your retention of the information. Video tags make it simple to go back and review specific passages in the video lesson.

6 Lessons in Chapter 1: Human Growth & Development
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What is Development? - Growth, Maturation & Learning

1. What is Development? - Growth, Maturation & Learning

To many people, terms like development, growth, maturation, and learning all mean the same thing. In this lesson, we'll learn the subtle differences between each of these terms and how they apply to human life.

Behavioral, Cognitive, Developmental, Social Cognitive & Constructivist Perspectives

2. Behavioral, Cognitive, Developmental, Social Cognitive & Constructivist Perspectives

How do different people learn? Not everyone agrees. In educational psychology, there are many differing perspectives. This lesson will differentiate between the following psychological perspectives: behavioral, cognitive, developmental, social cognitive and constructivist.

What are Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Development?

3. 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.

What Is Physical Development? - Definition and Examples

4. 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.

Gender Differences: The Nature Versus Nurture Debate

5. 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 Genetics and the Environment Interact in Human Development

6. How Genetics and the Environment Interact in Human Development

Everyone is different. But what makes a person unique? In this lesson, we'll examine the way genes and the environment affect who a person is, including looking at the nature vs. nurture debate and looking at how nature and nurture influence one another.

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