Life Span Development Reflective Paper
September 19, 2010
This has been a very fascinating journey from prenatal, birth to old age. The goal of this paper is to show how my knowledge and understanding of life span development has increased, as well as demonstrate how this knowledge and understanding will apply to and can be used within my area of specialization, Leadership Coaching.
As a Social Worker, I have had the opportunity to work with children and families from diverse socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. My experience and training includes extensive work with prenatal, infant and early childhood education and development. Through this course I have been able to …show more content…
I do believe, as supported by research, that incremental theory, also referred to as continuity and multidimensional theory, also known as systems theory, is more a true reflection of individual development. Development is a continuous process throughout the lifespan where knowledge and skills accumulate as a result of individual experiences and the environment leaves imprints on the behavior and mind of the individual (i.e. Learning and information processing theories by theorists such as John B. Watson, B. F. Skinner, and Albert Bandura). Also important to remember is that there or other important factors or influences (i.e. socioeconomic status, ethnicity, culture, education and health) that affect individual development throughout the lifespan. Theories that encompass both stage and incremental variations can also be