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Development I: Physical and cognitive development


1. What is development?

a. Development as differentiation

b. Development as growth

c. Development as orderly progression


2. Physical development

a. Motor development

b. Brain development

c. Maturation and infant memory

d. Experience and brain development


3. Cognitive development – Jean Jaques Rousseau on childhood; Piaget’a stages

a. Sensory-motor intelligence stage – object permanence

b. Pre-operational stage -- egocentrism

c. Concrete operational stage

d. Formal operational stage


4. Criticism of Piaget’s theory and research

a. Infant perception – intersensory relations

b. Knowing about physical objects