Developmental Psychology Theories Project Introduction

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Developmental Psychology Theories Project


For this project, you will be interviewing, observing, and/or conducting tests with people at different developmental stages. You will choose one of the theories we will talk about in this unit: Lawrence Kohlberg’s theory of morality, Erik Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development, Jean Piaget’s theory of cognitive development, or Mary Ainsworth’s attachment theory and Diana Baumrind’s theory of parenting styles. You will sign up for one of the theories, which will be on a first come, first served basis.

You will be responsible for finding and contacting people from different age groups. Be sure to think about the age groups you would need for each theory (Do you have access to the age group you would need to work with?), and use this in your decision of which theory you will be doing. If you are working with children, be sure to first obtain permission from their parent or guardian. The specific things you will be doing or asking in your interviews/tests will depend on which theory you are doing. Use the bullet points below as a guide. They will point you to specific modules, where you can find information about the theory and what you should do.

  • Piaget’s theory: If you are doing Piaget’s theory, you will test things like object permanence, conservation, egocentrism, irreversibility, theory of mind, and ability to think abstractly. You will be interviewing/testing children in each stage of his theory (four stages in all). [Module 47]

  • Ainsworth’s Strange Situation theory and Baumrind’s Parenting Styles theory: For Ainsworth’s theory, you will explore/test stranger anxiety and the strange situation, and attachment of children of different ages (you will observe/test children of four different ages). For Baumrind’s theory, you will interview the parents of the children you are observing about how they parent to determine which style they most closely follow. [Module 48]

  • Kohlberg’s Moral Development theory: If you are doing Kohlberg’s theory, you will present moral dilemmas to the people you are interviewing (four people at differing ages, make sure you cover all three stages) and ask them what the person in the dilemma should do and why. [Module 51]

  • Erikson’s Psycho-Social theory: If you are doing Erikson’s theory, you will interview four people at different psychosocial stages about the conflict Erikson claims that person is currently in. [Module 52]

Directory: portengaa -> A.P.%20Psychology -> Chapter%20Notes%20&%20Assignments -> Development
Chapter%20Notes%20&%20Assignments -> Study outline module 70: introduction to therapy, & psychodynamic & humanistic therapies
Development -> Chapter 9: Lifespan Development
Chapter%20Notes%20&%20Assignments -> Unit XI: testing & individual differences note taking & reflection guide module 60: introduction to intelligence
Chapter%20Notes%20&%20Assignments -> Chapter 1 Introduction and Research Methods Tab settings established hereLearning Objectives Introduction: The Origins of Psychology, pp. 2-9
Chapter%20Notes%20&%20Assignments -> Learning Objectives Introduction: Thinking, Language, and Intelligence, pp. 279-284
Chapter%20Notes%20&%20Assignments -> Chapter 2 Neuroscience and Behavior Learning Objectives Introduction: Neuroscience and Behavior, pp. 46-47

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