Developmental Stages And Developmental Theories

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Developmental Stages and Developmental Theories There have been numerous studies on human development to explain how we function at different stages in our lives. These studies have looked at development from birth to adulthood. Researchers have wanted to know what makes individuals tick so that different methods can be applied to help individuals, in the current stage they are in, to realize their potential. In some cases it has to be up to the parents or teachers, specifically with the early development stages. There are two very prominent individuals, who looked at the developmental stages, and provided theories to explain an individual’s behavior and actions to their corresponding stage. For example, Jean Piaget, looked at four stages of cognitive development, and their importance in how individuals assimilate and accommodate to their given environments (Huitt & Hummel, 2003). These four stages include; the sensorimotor stage, the pre-operational stage, the concrete operational stage, and the formal operational stage (Ashford & LeCroy, 2013, p. 318-319). Next, each of these stages are applied to specific age groups. The sensorimotor stage was designated to the ages of zero to two or infancy. The pre-operational stage was designated to the ages of two to eight or toddler to early childhood. The concrete operational stage was designated to the ages of eight to twelve or elementary to early adolescence. The formal operational stage was designated to the ages…
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