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Ch 1: Theoretical Approaches to Human Growth and Development Lesson Plans

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The Theoretical Approaches to Human Growth and Development chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the students in your classroom about the theories of Sigmund Freud and Eric Erikson as well as other topics. 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 Theoretical Approaches to Human Growth and Development 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 Gender Differences: The Nature Versus Nurture Debate;
Human Growth and Development Theories;
Freud's Psychoanalytic Theory on Instincts, Motivation, Personality and Development
The ways in which nature and nurture affect males and females;
A look at learning and psychoanalytic theories;
A study of the id, ego and superego
Tuesday Erikson's Stages of Identity Formation;
Differences Between Freud Erikson's Approaches to Psychoanalytic Theory: Differences and Analysis
A look at the 8 stages and their relationship to conflict resolution;
The similarities and contrasts between the two famed psychologists
Wednesday Classical Conditioning vs. Operant Conditioning: Differences and Examples;
Albert Bandura: Social-Cognitive Theory and Vicarious Learning
An exploration of respondent and instrumental conditioning;
A look at the use of behavior models
Thursday Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development;
Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems Theory of Development: Definition and Examples
How intelligence in humans is encouraged, and how people develop the ability to reason;
The influence of five environmental levels on human development
Friday Evolutionary Theory's Applications to Learning;
Gottlieb's Epigenetic Psychobiological Systems Perspective: Concepts and Definitions
An exploration of evolutionary developmental psychology and its applications to human development;
Contributors to human development that include the environment and genetics

11 Lessons in Chapter 1: Theoretical Approaches to Human Growth and Development Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

Erikson's Stages of Psychosocial Development: Theory & Examples

4. 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?

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

5. 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

6. 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.

Albert Bandura: Social-Cognitive Theory and Vicarious Learning

7. Albert Bandura: Social-Cognitive Theory and Vicarious Learning

A person's cognition, environment and behavior play important roles in learning new knowledge and skills. This lesson will focus on Albert Bandura's contributions to social learning and vicarious experiences.

Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development

8. Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development

Jean Piaget's theory of cognitive development focuses on how learners interact with their environment to develop complex reasoning and knowledge. This lesson will focus on the six basic assumptions of that theory, including the key terms: assimilation, accommodation and equilibration.

Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems Theory of Development: Definition & Examples

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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