Development From A Psychological Perspective

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Throughout the readings of chapters one and two of Development of Children and Adolescents, I obtained additional knowledge to add to my basic foundation from my previous psychology courses. Chapter one discussed development from a psychological perspective; on the other hand, chapter two analyzed the biological aspects of the human mind in order to grasp explanations for the population’s general function. As someone who wants to work in the educational system, I found the concept of continuity to be intriguing. Sometimes I think we forget that young minds develop through a slow process. Hauser-Cram, Nugent, Thies, and Travers (2014, p. 9) illustrate this idea with the image of a tree. In Figure 1.1, a sapling tree begins with small roots. With gentle care and time however, the plant develops into a mature masterpiece with branches and strength. I believe that it is important to view children in a similar fashion. Like the aforementioned example, infants come into the world with little foundation of knowledge, but with time and the help of a caregiver to feed their minds, they will eventually grow into a better-rounded human, full of experience. This idea of a gradual process leads into more questioning. At this point, the reader understands that a child does not simply wake up to be an adult. But through what methods does one go through to reach their grown potential? The text offers several psychological theories generated through a variety of psychologists. One that I
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