Ch 3: Theories of Communication Development

About This Chapter

Explore theories and stages of communication development using this short chapter. These lessons are useful resources for both current and aspiring special education teachers as they seek tools for professional development or licensing exam preparation.

Theories of Communication Development - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you are given the opportunity to learn more about language, cognitive and social development. You will study the theories of famous linguists, philosophers and psychologists who discuss stages of development.

Lessons include key term definitions and examples to help you fully understand each of the theories presented in this chapter. Once you have finished your review, you should be able to:

  • Discuss units of language and language meaning
  • Detail theories and stages of language acquisition
  • Describe key theories of language development and cognitive development presented by Noam Chomsky, Lev Vygotsky and Jean Piaget
  • Provide details about the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis
  • Differentiate among various psychological perspectives relating to behavior, cognition, development, social cognition and constructivism
  • Identify three main theories of social development
  • List the five stages that make up the Social Information-Processing Model

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9 Lessons in Chapter 3: Theories of Communication Development
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What Is Language?

1. What Is Language?

Have you ever wondered how human language is constructed to form meaning? Why is language more complex than animal calls? In this lesson, we'll take a look at the basic units language and learn how meaning is formed.

What Is Language Acquisition? - Theories & Stages

2. What Is Language Acquisition? - Theories & Stages

How do non-speaking infants become vocal toddlers? Is learning language a natural event, or are we taught how to speak from those around us? Read on to discover theories on how we develop language and learn to communicate.

Noam Chomsky's Theories on Language

3. Noam Chomsky's Theories on Language

In this lesson, you will learn about the key theories of language development put forth by Noam Chomsky. Following this lesson, you will have the opportunity to test your knowledge with a short quiz.

Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis: Examples and Definition

4. Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis: Examples and Definition

Did you know that the way we speak and use words can determine how we see the world? Find out how in this lesson about the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, which also includes some thought-provoking examples. Then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Behavioral, Cognitive, Developmental, Social Cognitive & Constructivist Perspectives

5. 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.

Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development

6. Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development

How does a child's thinking change as she gets older? When does she learn about object permanence, conservation and abstract reasoning? You'll see that thought processes we take for granted as adults are actually important milestones in a child's cognitive development.

Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development

7. Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development

The role of culture and social interactions are imperative to cognitive development, according to psychologist, Lev Vygotsky. This lesson will discuss how social interactions play a role in cognitive development of children, provide an overview of Vygotsky's cultural-historical theory and describe the stages of speech and language development.

Social Development Theories in Human Growth and Development

8. Social Development Theories in Human Growth and Development

There are various theories on the social development of children. In this lesson, we will follow Sally as she meets with different psychologists, learning and differentiating between three of the most popular theories: psychoanalytic, social learning and attachment.

Dodge's Social Information-Processing Model: The Five Stages

9. Dodge's Social Information-Processing Model: The Five Stages

How do we understand our world and attribute meaning to it? There is a series of five stages that we go through cognitively when we face an event and decide to act on it. Kenneth Dodge called it a Social Information-Processing Model.

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