Developmental Psychology provides student readers with essential help in all aspects of their first course in developmental psychology, including advice on revising exams, preparing and writing course assessment materials, and enhancing and progressing their knowledge and skills in line with course requirements on a developmental psychology course.

Running Themes

Running themes

There will be a number of common themes that will run throughout this book – no matter what topic you are studying, these ‘running themes’ will recur and it is important that you bear these in mind, mention them when appropriate and think about how they make an impact on the topic you are studying:

  • Transformational change – change in form or ability.
  • Variational change – the extent to which change varies from the agreed standard/norm.
  • Stage theory of development – changes occur in stages which (according to Flavell, 1963) are qualitative, occur simultaneously with other behavioural changes and are rapid.
  • Dynamic systems approach – a mathematical model is used to explain how qualitative changes result through small-scale quantitative changes, so it looks at how systems are ...
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