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unit 5 Discussion
active participation in discussion threads is critical to the development of
your understanding of the main concepts studied in this unit. Further, posting
detailed responses allows your professor to guide your thinking and your
classmates to respond to your ideas. Please participate as early in the week as
possible, and be sure to share your thoughts and ideas as often as you can
throughout the unit.
to the threads below. Your original response should be at least 350 words and
should reflect the fact that you have completed the assigned readings for the
week. Remember, this is your chance to illustrate not only your understanding,
but also your mastery of the materials for the unit. Use your words wisely so
the posting has substance and includes examples and explanations. Limit the use
of direct quotes, and do your best to critically evaluate and synthesize the
literature in your own words wherever possible. Make sure to include in-text
citations and a reference list as appropriate.
this unit’s discussion threads, we will relate developmental theories to the
specific issues that are faced by children in their middle childhood.
Typically, this is a time of great academic and social development as they
enter their formal schooling years.
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children become more competent in their language skills, they interact more
often with peers to learn and to socialize. When children struggle with speech
or have reading problems, they often also struggle with making friends. Using
the theories from our reading and any other peer-reviewed resource, respond to
the following questions.
- One of the tasks of middle childhood is in developing
age-appropriate skills (e.g., academic and social) that help children to
feel confident in their overall abilities. Using Erikson’s theory of
psychosocial theory in your explanation, describe how children’s sense of
self develops from both social interactions with peers and adults.
- What are some interventions that can be used to help
children who feel inferior to their peers gain more confidence? How does
learned helplessness increase feelings of inferiority?
- Evaluate your classmates’ proposed interventions and
offer suggestions to better facilitate their plans. Remember that
psychologists often work on teams, so use this opportunity to build
interventions as a class (team).
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responding to this question, please read “A trip to the zoo: Children’s words
and photographs” research article. Note the key differences in photographs and
descriptions between the younger and older children. Use this article and your
understanding of cognitive development (especially Piaget, Vygotsky, or
information processing) to respond to the questions.
- Using the cognitive development theory of your choice,
compare the differences in photographs and descriptions between children
in the youngest group and the older children. Why are their perceptions of
what they saw so different from each other?
- Propose a follow-up study that would support your
conclusions about the cognitive differences between younger and older
children. Be creative and use the same cognitive development theory as you
did to respond to the first question.