Physical, Social and Cognitive Changes

Physical, Social and Cognitive Changes



You have covered a number of theories in child development this term, as well as how

these theories help you to understand the developmental process from birth through

adolescence. Piaget, Erikson, Vygotsky, Kohlberg, attachment theory, nature versus

nurture, the influence of SES, and cultural implications are some of the major theories

and concepts.

For this Assignment, you will write an expository paper. Please address the following

four points in the expository paper:

1. Select one developmental stage, such as infancy—ages birth to 2; early

childhood—ages 2 to 6; middle childhood—ages 6 to 11; or adolescence—ages

11 to 18.

2. Explain the physical, social, and cognitive changes that occur during that

stage of development.

3. Discuss at least one theory that fits best with the stage of development

you have selected. Describe the theory and explain how it appropriately fits with

your selected developmental stage.

4. Discuss the impact that cultural factors (e.g., race, religion or ethnicity)

could have on your selected stage of development.

For example, you might select the stage of infancy, and then describe the physical,

social and cognitive changes that are part of infant development. Then select one

theory, for example Erikson’s Psychosocial Stages of Development, and explain what

this theory says about infancy. Finally, you could discuss how culture may affect

parenting styles. This is just an example and you are certainly not limited to this idea.

Please use at least two other scholarly peer reviewed references for your Assignment

for a total of two references.

Please type your expository paper using 12-point Times New Roman font and double-

spacing using Standard American English.

 This Assignment should be 4 pages in length, not including the title page

or reference page.

You must refer to the reading resources and provide a citation using APA

format in the form of in-text citations for any sources used.

 The viewpoint and purpose should be clearly established and sustained.

 The writing should be well ordered, logical and unified, as well as original

and insightful.

 Remember to include a title page at the start of, and a reference list at the

conclusion of, your essay.


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