Along with growth and learning,
maturation is one of three processes
that play a central role in a person's
development. Maturation does not
necessarily happen along with aging
or physical growth, but is a part of
growth and development.
The concept of maturation was
pioneered by Arnold Gesell in the
1940s. He emphasized nature's role in
MATURATION is the completion of growth and
development within the organism, the unfolding
of an individual’s inherent traits or potentials
Organ systems within the body must mature
over a certain period of time
Most organs are capable of functioning of
In the process of maturation, we see the
interaction of heredity and environment over the
course of time.
However , a number of environmental changes
and conditions ca affect the onset of puberty.
HEREDITY AND MATURATION
Maturation is not the same as learning,
since changes due to maturation and
changes are determined by heredity.
Different species of animals have
different rates of maturation as a result of
An eight year-week puppy can run and
eat from a dish but an eight year-week
baby is still quite helpless and cannot
During maturation and development of
locomotion, the typical infant goes through the
sequence and still be considered normal.
A child may progress somewhat faster or
slower than this sequence and still be considered
It is apparent that development in early life
depends on maturation rather than on practice or
LEARNING The importance of maturation is receiving more
and more attention in modern education
Some children are ready at an earlier age than
It depends on the environment forces.
In general, we can say that human learning
cannot be accounted by solely in terms of
maturation, but learning does take place most
efficiently when the environmental stimulation is
keyed to the degree of maturation of the