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The Importance of Development Theories in Child Development

3 pages | 710 words

This essay discusses the three main theories of child development, and explains how each theory has different implications for early childhood practice.

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Theories of Human Change and Growth

6 pages | 1450 words

This essay explores different theories of human change and growth. The first section looks at the assumption that human beings are logical and how this affects change and growth. The second section looks at the need for change and growth, self-concept, culture, and family factors in change and growth. The third section looks at genetics and change, life-span development of change, old age, death, and dying. The fourth section looks at regrets.

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A comparison and contrast of Sigmund Freud’s psychosexual theory, Erik Erikson’s psychosocial theory and Jean Piaget’s cognitive theory

5 pages | 1120 words

This essay will compare and contrast three major child development theories: Sigmund Freud's psychosexual theory, Erik Erikson's psychosocial theory and Jean Piaget's cognitive theory. The focus of each theory and the unique contributions made by each theorist will be examined. The implications of each theory for contemporary society will also be explored.

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The Impact of Attribution Theory on How We Perceive Others

6 pages | 1560 words

This essay discusses attribution theory, which is concerned with how people explain events. Social psychologists have become increasingly interested in the process by which people explain their own success and failures and those of others. Attribution theory has its roots in Festinger’s work on cognitive dissonance theory and Heider’s work on balance theory. The theory posits that people are motivated to perceive themselves and others in ways that maintain consistency among their beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. When inconsistency arises, people will attribute the cause of the inconsistency to one of three factors: the person, the situation, or the task. The process by which people arrive at attributions is often referred to as causal attribution. This process involves four steps: perceiving a relationship between two events; inferring that one event caused the other; judging whether the causal relationship is internal or external; and evaluating the causal relationship

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