Child Development Theories Explain All These Types Of Questions

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Have you ever wondered how you learned to crawl and then walk? How about language? Child development theories explain all these types of questions. I learned that there are many different viewpoints and theories of childhood development. Education, culture, and religious views can affect a parent’s decision on how to raise their children. Child development refers to the process through which individuals regularly develop and develop from early stages through adulthood. Child development theories are used to describe a child’s change and growth over the course of their childhood (What are Some Theories of Child Development?). There have been many theories on how we develop throughout childhood. There is the biological perspective that looks at children’s cognitive abilities, motor functions, personality and physical traits will develop in accordance with a biological design (Kail & Zolner, 2015, pg. 3). There is the psychological perspective that emphasizes how children’s thinking and reasoning change, qualitatively, over time. Finally, there is the social perspective that focuses on how nature of childhood and its relationship to society as a whole. Theorists such as Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, G. Stanley Hall’s, and Erik Erikson have provided ways to understand childhood development. The biological perspective on childhood development first emerged at the dawn of the 20th century, motivated in part by Charles Darwin’s ground-breaking ideas regarding evolution (Kail &…

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