Difference Between Human Life And Life Course Theory

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There are many theories to explore when looking at the development of humans, but to help narrow things down and look deeper at just a couple of theories I’ll be taking a further look at Learning Theory and Life course theory, also known as the bioecological theory, and how these two are similar and how they are different from each other.
Learning theory focuses on changes in behavior and development that take place because of an individual’s past experiences. There are four theories of learning that play a role in the examination of human development. The first is classical conditioning, which is when a bond already exists between the stimuli in an environment and the response of the person. These bonds are also known as reflexes where the
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The life course theory also looks at how things like culture, values, beliefs, and practices can influence and play a role in a person’s development. Life course takes a deeper look into the trajectory, “Long-term path of one’s life experiences in specific domains, particularly education, work, and family life” (Newman, 202), as well as any transitions that may have occurred within that person’s trajectory such as a new job or losing a job. Life course theory takes a look at people’s sense of agency, choices they made that were present in their time and society, and takes into consideration any historically significant events that occurred during the person’s life that may affect the development of certain people. Lastly, one’s social clock is also examined to see how behavior and development can be affected or delayed because of the expectations and the “norms” that society has placed upon someone of a certain …show more content…
Additionally, the life course theory has been used for medicinal research purposes. One particular example is outlined in an article published in the journal of epidemiology and community health by Dr. D Kuh, a researcher for the Medical Research Council National Survey of Health and Development. In his research Dr. D Kuh aims to “elucidate biological, behavioral, and psychosocial processes that operate across an individual’s life course, or across generations, to influence the development of disease risk” (jech.bmj.com). In short, Dr. D Kuh uses the life course theory in his research as a way of looking at early biological and social traits and exposures in order to establish patterns that can be later used to detect causes of diseases and

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