Ch 13: Life Span Developmental Psychology Lesson Plans

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The Life Span Developmental Psychology Lesson Plans chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the basics of human life span development related to psychology 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 Life Span Developmental Psychology Lesson Plans 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 Overview of life span developmental psychology Development, maturation, growth, learning
Tuesday Various perspectives on development Constructivist, behavioral, social cognitive, developmental, cognitive, continuity, discontinuity
Wednesday Research methods Physical development, normative, cross-sectional, longitudinal research methods
Thursday Socialization and school Cultural innovation, integration, socialization, latent functions, nature vs. nurture, gender differences
Friday Evolutionary theory and learning Evolutionary theory, epigenetic psychobiological systems perspective

14 Lessons in Chapter 13: Life Span 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

Overview of Life Span Developmental Psychology

2. Overview of Life Span Developmental Psychology

Developmental psychology studies the way people change and grow. In this lesson, we'll look at the principles of how people develop across the life span, including multidimensionality, multidirectionality, and plasticity.

What is Development? - Growth, Maturation & Learning

3. 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

4. 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.

Continuity and Discontinuity in Development

5. Continuity and Discontinuity in Development

Do people grow and change slowly over time, or do they make sudden steps forward into new phases in their lives? In this lesson, we'll examine the continuity and discontinuity theories of developmental psychology.

What are Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Development?

6. 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.

Scientific Method Applications to Human Growth and Development Research

7. Scientific Method Applications to Human Growth and Development Research

Human growth and development researchers utilize the scientific method as they attempt to explain how a person changes throughout their life. The following lesson will explore this process.

Data Collection Methods for Human Growth and Development Research

8. Data Collection Methods for Human Growth and Development Research

This lesson will help you understand and differentiate between the methods of data collection that can be used in human growth and development research.

What Is Physical Development? - Definition and Examples

9. 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.

Agents of Socialization: Family, Schools, Peers and Media

10. Agents of Socialization: Family, Schools, Peers and Media

The socialization that we receive in childhood has a lasting effect on our ability to interact with others in society. In this lesson, we identify and discuss four of the most influential agents of socialization in childhood: family, school, peers, and media.

Functions of School: Socialization, Cultural Innovation, Integration & Latent Functions

11. Functions of School: Socialization, Cultural Innovation, Integration & Latent Functions

Schools serve a number of functions in our society beyond just transmitting academic knowledge and skills. In this lesson, we differentiate between manifest and latent functions of schools and discuss examples of each.

Gender Differences: The Nature Versus Nurture Debate

12. 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.

Evolutionary Theory's Applications to Learning

13. 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

14. 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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