GCU Similarities & Differences of Early Childhood Development Theories Paper

Grand Canyon University

Question Description

Create a Venn diagram or other graphic organizer to compare the similarities and differences of the child development and learning theories of Erikson, Maslow, Piaget, Vygotsky, Skinner, and Bandura. Be creative and include examples.

In 250-500-words, include the following:

  1. Summary of your observations, including the age group, how the development theories were implemented, and how the children responded. Do not include any identifying information about the children.
  2. Summary of your discussion with the classroom teacher about what has been done to implement child development theories.
  3. How what you learned from your observations and discussion with the classroom teacher will affect your future classroom? Give details.

Topic materials may be used as resources.

Submit the graphic organizer and paper as one submission to the instructor.

GCU style is not required for the graphic organizer, but solid academic writing is expected.

Prepare the summary and analysis according to the guidelines found in the GCU Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin.

Final Answer


The development theories were developed at different times due to various reasons.
Firstly, Erikson’s psychosocial development theory was developed during the twentieth century
where he described the eight stages of growth and change throughout human’s life. Fe focused
on social interaction and conflicts that may arise in various stages. Unlike other theories, Erikson
has described all stages of development throughout human life and he believed that social
interaction and experience does play decisive roles.
Secondly, Piaget’s cognitive development theory deals with the thought process
development of an individual and go further by explaining the various development stages... It
goes further by discussing how the though process influences the way we understand and interact
with the world.

Piaget described the four stages of development: sensorimotor stage,

preoperational, concrete operational, and formal operational. These development stages describe
how the brain of the child developed and how the child begins to think. The sensorimotor is
similar to the trust vs. Mistrust of Erikson which describes the birth period to the age of 2 where
the infant’s knowledge is limited and the behaviors are limited to simple motor responses as a
result of sensory stimuli. The Preoperational stage is similar to autonomy vs. shame/ mid of
industry and inferiority because which is the period between age 2 and 6 when the child learns to
speak. During this stage the children are not capable of understanding concrete logic nor can they
manipulate ...

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