Kathleen Stassen Berger


                      Part I             Chapter Two


Heredity and Environment
What Theories Do...
What Theories Do
• developmental theories
  – a systematic statement of principles and
    generalizations that provides a...
What Theories Do
• developmental theories
  – grand theories
    • describe universal processes and development
      thro...
Grand Theories
• psychoanalytic
• behaviorism (learning theory)
• cognitive
  – grand in that they are…
    • comprehensiv...
Psychoanalytic Theory
• a grand theory of human
  development that holds that irrational,
  unconscious drives and motives...
Psychoanalytic Theory
• Freud 1856-1936
  – development in the first six years has
  three stages, each characterized by s...
Psychoanalytic Theory
•       Erikson – 1902-1994
    –        a follower of Freud, interested in
         •     culture d...
Psychoanalytic Theory




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Behaviorism Theory

• Watson 1878 – 1958
  – emphasis on unconscious
    • hidden urges
    • all behavior is learned
    ...
Behaviorism Theory




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Behaviorism Theory
• Law of Behavior - learning theories
   – …all behavior is learned step by step
     • conditioning
  ...
Behaviorism Theory
• Social Learning Theory
    – an extension of
      behaviorism that
      emphasizes the
      influe...
Cognitive Theory
• The third grand theory
  – emphasized the structure and
    development of thought
    processes




  ...
Cognitive Theory
• Jean Piaget’s 4 Stages
  – sensorimotor
  – preoperational
  – concrete operational
  – formal operatio...
Cognitive Theory




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Cognitive Theory
• Cognitive equilibrium—state of mental
  balance.

• If threatened, how do we achieve
  equilibrium agai...
Emergent Theories
…multicultural and multidisciplinary ,
 developed not only by men of European
 ancestry but also by many...
Sociocultural Theory
an emergent theory that holds that
development results from the dynamic
interaction between each pers...
Sociocultural Theory
• cultural variation
   – adult responses are shaped by culture
   – society provides not only custom...
Sociocultural Theory
• Zone of proximal development
  – skills, knowledge, and concepts that
    the learner is close to a...
Zone of proximal development




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Epigenetic Theory
• An emergent theory of development
  that considers both the genetic
  origins of behavior (within each...
Genetic Adaptation
• Selective adaptation
  – the process by which humans and other
    organisms gradually adjust to thei...
What Theories Contribute
• Psychoanalytic theory has made us aware of the
  importance of early childhood experiences.
• B...
The Nature-Nurture Controversy
• Nature
  – The genes that people inherit
• Nurture
  – To all the environmental influence...
The Nature-Nurture Controversy
• Nature and Nurture Always interact
  – Heredity vs. Environment

   How much of any chara...
Theoretical Perspectives on…
• Hyperactivity
  – Nature
    • They are usually boys who have male relatives with the same
...
Theoretical Perspectives on…
• Homosexuality
  – Nature vs. Nurture
    • Children raised by homosexual couples
      (eit...
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  1. 1. Kathleen Stassen Berger Part I Chapter Two Heredity and Environment What Theories Do Grand Theories Emergent Theories What Theories Contribute Prepared by Madeleine Lacefield 1 Tattoon, M.A.
  2. 2. What Theories Do • developmental theories – a systematic statement of principles and generalizations that provides a coherent framework for understanding how and why people change as they grow older • lead to pivotal hypotheses • generate discover • offer practical guidance 2
  3. 3. What Theories Do • developmental theories – grand theories • describe universal processes and development throughout the entire life span • offers a framework for interpreting and understanding…change and development of all individuals • some are emergent theories – new systematic and comprehensive theories of the future 3
  4. 4. Grand Theories • psychoanalytic • behaviorism (learning theory) • cognitive – grand in that they are… • comprehensive • enduring • widely applied 4
  5. 5. Psychoanalytic Theory • a grand theory of human development that holds that irrational, unconscious drives and motives, often originating in childhood, underlies human behavior 5
  6. 6. Psychoanalytic Theory • Freud 1856-1936 – development in the first six years has three stages, each characterized by sexual pleasure… • infancy – the mouth – the oral stage • early childhood – the anus – the anal stage • preschool years – the penis – the phallic stage • beginning of adolescence through death – latency – genital stages 6
  7. 7. Psychoanalytic Theory • Erikson – 1902-1994 – a follower of Freud, interested in • culture diversity • social change • psychological crises – described eight developmental stages 1. Trust vs. Mistrust 2. Autonomy vs. Shame and Doubt 3. Initiative vs. Guilt 4. Industry vs. Inferiority 5. Identity vs. Role Confusion 6. Intimacy vs. Isolation 7. Generativity vs. Stagnation 8. Integrity vs. Despair 7
  8. 8. Psychoanalytic Theory 8
  9. 9. Behaviorism Theory • Watson 1878 – 1958 – emphasis on unconscious • hidden urges • all behavior is learned • specific laws of learning apply to conditioning 9
  10. 10. Behaviorism Theory 10
  11. 11. Behaviorism Theory • Law of Behavior - learning theories – …all behavior is learned step by step • conditioning – the processes by which responses become linked to particular stimuli • classical conditioning - respondent conditioning – a person or animal is conditioned to associate a neutral stimulus with a meaningful stimulus • operant conditioning - instrumental conditioning – learning process by which a particular action is followed by something desired – the person will repeat the action • reinforcement – A technique for conditioning behavior where behavior is followed by something desired 11
  12. 12. Behaviorism Theory • Social Learning Theory – an extension of behaviorism that emphasizes the influence that other people have over a person’s behavior • modeling – The central process of social learning by which a person observes the actions of others and then copies them 12
  13. 13. Cognitive Theory • The third grand theory – emphasized the structure and development of thought processes 13
  14. 14. Cognitive Theory • Jean Piaget’s 4 Stages – sensorimotor – preoperational – concrete operational – formal operational 14
  15. 15. Cognitive Theory 15
  16. 16. Cognitive Theory • Cognitive equilibrium—state of mental balance. • If threatened, how do we achieve equilibrium again? – Assimilation: incorporate new events into existing schemas – Accommodation: change schema 16
  17. 17. Emergent Theories …multicultural and multidisciplinary , developed not only by men of European ancestry but also by many non- Western, non-White, and female scientists… 17
  18. 18. Sociocultural Theory an emergent theory that holds that development results from the dynamic interaction between each person and the surrounding social and cultural forces Lev Vygotsky 18
  19. 19. Sociocultural Theory • cultural variation – adult responses are shaped by culture – society provides not only customs but also the tools and theories • guided participation – a technique in which skilled mentors help novices lean not only by providing instruction, but also by allowing direct, shared involvement in the activity 19
  20. 20. Sociocultural Theory • Zone of proximal development – skills, knowledge, and concepts that the learner is close to acquiring but cannot master without help 20
  21. 21. Zone of proximal development 21
  22. 22. Epigenetic Theory • An emergent theory of development that considers both the genetic origins of behavior (within each person and within each species) and the direct, systematic influences that environmental forces have over time on genes 22
  23. 23. Genetic Adaptation • Selective adaptation – the process by which humans and other organisms gradually adjust to their environment – genes for the traits that are most useful will become more frequent, thus making survival of species more likely. 23
  24. 24. What Theories Contribute • Psychoanalytic theory has made us aware of the importance of early childhood experiences. • Behaviorism has shown effect of the immediate environment on learning. • Cognitive theory shows how intellectual process and thinking affect actions. • Sociocultural theory has reminded us of the importance of culture in learning. • Epigenetic theory reminds us of the power of genes and their interaction with the environment. 24
  25. 25. The Nature-Nurture Controversy • Nature – The genes that people inherit • Nurture – To all the environmental influences 25
  26. 26. The Nature-Nurture Controversy • Nature and Nurture Always interact – Heredity vs. Environment How much of any characteristic, behavior, or pattern of development is the result of genes and how much is the result of experience? 26
  27. 27. Theoretical Perspectives on… • Hyperactivity – Nature • They are usually boys who have male relatives with the same problem • They are overactive in every context, home as well as school • They are often calmed by stimulants, such as Ritalin, Adderall, and even coffee – Nurture • The rapid increase in ADHA (from 1 to 5 percent of all U.S. children within the past 50 years) cannot be genetic, since selective adaptation takes centuries • Many environmental factors correlate with ADHD, including crowded homes, television, lead, food additives, and rigid teaching 27
  28. 28. Theoretical Perspectives on… • Homosexuality – Nature vs. Nurture • Children raised by homosexual couples (either adopted or the biological offspring of one of the parents) become heterosexual or homosexual in about the same proportions as children raised by heterosexual and do not seem particularly rebellious or emotionally disturbed. 28
  29. 29. No Answer Yet 29

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