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- The Life-Span Perspective -

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Ψ  The scientific study of human development is the science that seeks to understand how & why people change, and how & why they stay the same, as they grow older.

Ψ  The life-span perspective is a view of human development that takes into account all phases of life, not just childhood or adulthood.

Development is

•  Multidirectional - change is not always linear.
•  Multicontextual - embedded in many contexts.
•  Multicultural
•  Multidisciplinary - Studied by everyone.

It's a Mickey Mouse World , isn't it?


Three Domains

1. Biosocial - The part of human development that includes physical growth and development as well as the family, community, & cultural factors that affect that growth & development.
2. Cognitive - The part of human development that includes all the mental processes through which an individual thinks, learns, & communicates, plus the institutions involved in learning and communicating.
3. Psychosocial - The part of human development that includes emotions, personality, & relationships with other people. This domain also includes the larger community & the culture.

•  Plastic - Human traits can be changed (molded as plastic can be), yet people maintain a certain durability of identity (also like plastic, which takes a long time to disintegrate).

Growth & Development
Robert C. Gates
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